Man Banned From Every Bottle Shop And Pub In Queensland After Drunken Night Out
A Queensland bloke has been banned from every licensed venue in the state after a drunken night out turned sour.
Dyon James Blyth went into a bottle-shop in Sarina, in the Mackay region, and noticed one of the staff members was a friend he hadn't seen in a while.
The Courier Mail reports the 24-year-old went up to give the female employee a hug, however she didn't reciprocate.
The prosecution alleged the young man then put the woman in a headlock and started 'roughing' her up by playing with her hair.
She yelled at him to let her go and he eventually obliged.
Despite him originally asking for a case of pre-mixed alcoholic drinks, the staff member declined him and said he was too drunk to be served.
That only egged Blyth on and he threatened to 'dack' his worker friend. He grabbed at her pants and tried to pull them down but he eventually stopped.
Police were eventually called and he was charged with common assault in a public place while adversely affected.
During his trial, the court heard how the 24-year-old has previously been booked for assault occasioning bodily harm and being a public nuisance.
Magistrate Bronwyn Hartigan also noted that Blyth was on probation when the bottle-shop incident happened.
She told the court: "That behaviour is very serious in my view. Personal deterrence is needed for him, I'm seriously considering a period of imprisonment albeit wholly suspended.
"Because he has a shocking history and he's not a particularly young person."
But Blyth's lawyer explained how he had been receiving counselling since the incident to address his drinking.
That pushed Magistrate Haritgan to abandon plans to send him to jail and instead bar him from all licensed premises in the state.
"That means you cannot go to any pub, any club or any bottle shop," Ms Hartigan said. "If you do not want to end up in jail you need to ... address your alcohol problem."
In addition to the licensed premises ban, Blyth was also handed two years probation and 40 hours unpaid community service.
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