'Frankly, it's time you grew up': court tells it straight

A 36-YEAR-OLD West Mackay man has been told to "grow up" in Mackay Magistrates Court after being charged for fighting at Dirty Martinis nightclub.

Prosecutor James Grehan told the court yesterday that Darren Thomas Bugeja had been at the club's entry around 12.20am on January 10 this year when he and another man began fighting.

Mr Grehan said CCTV footage and security officers had confirmed to police that Bugeja "took (the man) to the ground".

Bugeja pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly at a licensed premise.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said it was the third time Bugeja had been before the court in relation to street offences. He had already been charged with common assault and public nuisance.

"You're starting to be a pest. You're old enough to know better, quite frankly, it's time you grew up," Mr Dwyer said.

Bugeja was fined $750 and a conviction was recorded.

He has been banned from entering licensed premises in the Mackay CBD until July 2 this year.

Also in court yesterday, a 27-year-old Slade Point man was fined for ignoring police directions to leave the Mackay CBD on January 17.

Mr Grehan said police had flagged down Jade Rey Simon Amies when they were informed that he'd been urinating on Fifth Lane, near the taxi rank, after 3am.

When police approached, the man "stumbled" away from the wall, was slurring his speech and smelled of liquor.

Mr Grehan said the man had been given an official move-on direction from police to leave the CBD.

The defendant called the officer "cheeky" and began blowing kisses into his face.

Mr Grehan said police told Amies he'd be arrested if he didn't leave the area, but instead of taking a taxi he "staggered into a kebab shop".

Amies pleaded guilty to contravening police direction in a safe night precinct.

Amies, who represented himself, said he worked in mining.

Mr Dwyer said Amies had no criminal history and he accepted the behaviour had been out of character.

Amies was fined $450.

No conviction was recorded.



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