Kiwi who bit another man warned of deportation
A NEW Zealand national has been warned wrestling a man and biting him on the chest during a night out in Maroochydore could have left him "halfway to deportation".
Cameron Winton Fitzgerald, 38, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday to public nuisance near a licensed premises.
The Glenleigh roofer was outside Peak Wine Bar at Ocean St when he spat at a group of people he had earlier been arguing with.
Witnesses said Fitzgerald then wrestled one of the men and bit his chest through his shirt, breaking the skin, before security restrained him and police arrived.
Fitzgerald had no criminal history in Queensland, where he has lived for three years.
Haydn Stjernqvist warned Fitzgerald the maximum sentence for the offence was six months in prison, and any non-Australian citizen could be deported after accruing a year's worth of jail sentences.
"That's halfway to deportation," Mr Stjernqvist said.
But he took Fitzgerald's lack of criminal history and early guilty plea into account, ordered him to pay a $500 fine and did not record a conviction.