Would-be pub brawler's "guns" no match for capsicum spray

AN IPSWICH man who was twice capsicum-sprayed in Miles after he tried to start a pub fight has been fined.

Scott Trevor Morris, 37, yesterday pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to public nuisance and obstructing police.

Morris was arrested at the Hotel Australia in Miles after police were called to a disturbance.

Police overheard Morris screaming abuse inside the pub.

In an expletive-laden tirade Morris was heard yelling at other patrons to "look at my guns", referring to his arms, and asking for patrons to fight him.

He was taken outside the hotel where he continued to swear and act belligerently towards police, until one officer threatened to use capsicum spray on him.

Morris then swore at the officer and warned them against using capsicum spray. Despite the threat the officer sprayed Morris with the capsicum spray.

The spray failed to stop Morris, however, and he continued to resist police attempts to subdue him.

A second officer on the scene then capsicum-sprayed Morris, finally stopping him.

The police then took him to his residence before they were called back to the Hotel Australia to which Morris had returned.

The police this time arrested him and took him into custody.

After the incident Morris had lost his high-paying job with Laing O'Rourke.

The court heard that after police informed the company about Morris's behaviour, it launched an investigation before letting him go.

Defence lawyer Michael Kelly described his client's actions as "appalling."

Morris was fined $1200. However, Magistrate Dermot Kehoe said he expected the loss of his high-paying job had been more punishment than the court could impose for his actions.

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