Steven Willmott was sentenced to three months in prison in Gayndah Magistrates Court.
Steven Willmott was sentenced to three months in prison in Gayndah Magistrates Court. Bev Lacey

Nature’s call very insistent

THE "had to go" defence was heard in Murgon Magistrates Court on Tuesday when a man faced a charge of urinating in public.

Gordon Lance Wragge, 34, relieved his bladder in front of police on the side of Cherbourg Rd on October 18, despite being warned he would be charged.

Solicitor Mark Oliver told the court it was unfortunately a case of "nature" taking its course.

"In respect to urinating in public, well your Honour, he had to go," Mr Oliver said.

"He did seek permission, but he was advised by police that if he did, then it was still a public place and he would be charged.

"He did successfully take steps to hide his appendage, your Honour, and try to go away from the area as best he could."

Police prosecutor Sergeant Greg Kapernick said Wragge was the passenger of a vehicle stopped by police for a roadside breath test.

Sgt Kapernick said police questioning ended up in a discussion of bathroom etiquette.

"He informed police he needed to urinate and he was going to urinate on the side of the road," he said.

"He was informed he was in a public place, that he would be charged.

"He stated again that he would urinate on the side of the road, police warned the defendant again."

But Wragge ignored the warning.

"Police have observed the defendant walk to the fence post to the side of Cherbourg Rd, urinate on the fence post in view of cars and motorists," Sgt Kapernick said.

Wragge was fined $100 and no conviction was recorded.

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