Murgon Court: Magistrates Court District Court September 22.
Murgon Court: Magistrates Court District Court September 22. Michael Nolan

Fight night public nuisance

WHAT started as a man watching the Danny Green and Anthony Mundine fight on February 3 turned into an abusive tirade at Kingaroy Hospital.

Ashley Kevin Edward Smith pleaded guilty to obstructing police and causing public nuisance in Murgon Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Wayne Bushell said the 32-year-old man approached the hospital at 9.45pm.

"He banged on the doors of the emergency ward and yelled abuse to let him inside,” Sgt Bushell said.

"He was swearing loudly inside, he banged on a glass panel at reception, he threw himself on the floor and abused staff.

"It caused distress among staff and patients being treated in the wards.”

Sgt Bushell said when police arrived to arrest Smith, he was asleep.

"When police tried to place him in the rear of a vehicle he pushed back against the officers and made it difficult to be transferred into the pod,” hesaid.

Defence lawyer Tim Campion said Smith, who worked as a farm hand, had dislocated his shoulder and was on pain medication and antibiotics.

"On the morning of the Mundine fight, he drank three or four cans of bourbon,” Mr Campion said.

"He really didn't know what he was doing, though if he did he couldn't control what he was doing.

"That brought about the two incidents.”

Magistrate Andrew Hackett said Smith had acted foolishly.

"The rest speaks for itself,” Magistrate Hackett said.

"People in hospital are entitled to peace and quiet.”

Smith also pleaded guilty to possession of drug utensils, which was a joint charge with his partner, Robyn Sandra Marshall.

Smith was fined $1100 for all offences and Marshall was fined $200.

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