Mad Monday pranksters fined, told to 'grow up'
TWO Magpies Rugby League Club football players pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrates Court to charges resulting from Mad Monday "show-off" antics that made international headlines during Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's visit to the city.
Michael Steven Sheedy, 29, and Jordan David Grayston, 21, pleaded guilty to one charge each of being a public nuisance.
The men appeared yesterday morning and sat in the court room waiting their turn before the magistrate, both grinning as the other stepped forward for sentencing.
Prosecutor Sergeant Rebecca McDonald told the court that on August 12 the men attended a barbecue before heading into Mackay's central business district.
Sgt McDonald said Sheedy was walking east along Victoria St with friends at 5.15pm when they spotted a female Channel 9 news reporter doing a live broadcast from the street.
The group crossed the street and Sheedy kissed the journalist on the cheek, Sgt McDonald said.
On August 14 Sheedy voluntarily handed himself into police and admitted to consuming 15 drinks during end of season football celebrations.
She said Sheedy told police he "thought he'd show off in front of the camera" before running away.
"He did not look back," she said.
Sgt McDonald said Grayston was also part of the group that walked towards the reporter and started yelling, trying to get on camera.
Grayston then "pulled down the shorts of another male" in the group, exposing the man's genitals to a journalist.
Defence solicitor Chris Schrader said Sheedy had committed a similar offence in 2008.
Grayston had no history.
Mr Schrader said the Magpies club was offering counselling to the players.
Magistrate Damien Dwyer told the men to grow up.
He asked Grayston if he'd sent the friend whose pants he'd pulled down a letter of apology for the "embarrassing" incident.
He described the pair as "full of grog", saying their actions had been "silly".
Mr Dwyer fined both men $350, recording a conviction for Sheedy.
His parting words to the men were "try harder in football next year".