Man fined over booze lockout

“LET me at the alcohol.”

That was the reason Clive Nathan Grimes broke into the Queenslander Hotel at Bundaberg about 2.30am on July 30.

He could not get in the front because the door was closed due to a lockout but he wanted a drink.

Grimes walked around the Q-Bar which was under refurbishment, shook a grill held in place by six bolts and broke the lower half.

He crawled in through the hole he created, setting off an alarm as he entered the premises.

Grimes faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday for trespass and wilful damage.

Solicitor Michael Robinson said his client had been a real estate agent until he was assaulted by an ice addict in Fortitude Valley in 2008.

He said he could not work, was on sickness benefits and developed alcoholism.

Mr Robinson said his client, who recently broke his neck while bodysurfing, had attempted rehabilitation on the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast but had relapsed three times.

The Bundaberg incident was the third.

“It was ‘let me at the alcohol’ sort of thing,” he said.

Grimes was fined $500.



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