Trio fined over street fight
TWO mates have been fined after they called each other out and started fighting in the main street of Cherbourg.
On August 13 at 12.38am police responded to a report of large group of people swearing and yelling at each other on the street in Cherbourg, Murgon Magistrates Court heard.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Pepe Gangemi said 18-year-old Roland Junior Cobbo was drunk and started calling people out of the crowd to fight him.
His close friend, 23-year-old Matthew Benjamin Charles Chapman, stepped forward and the pair started fighting.
After the police dispersed the crowd, Roland Cobbo's older sister Narkiya Clamanthas Cobbo started arguing with officers.
Sgt Gamgemi said she was abusive and refused to leave the scene.
Roland Cobbo and Chapman were charged with committing a public nuisance and refusing the direction of police.
Narkiya Cobbo was charged with committing a public nuisance.
The three pleaded guilty to all charges when they appeared in court on Tuesday.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service lawyer Mark Oliver said the argument started over a family disagreement.
He said each offender was drunk and Roland Cobbo had no memory of the event.
In sentencing, Magistrate Andrew Hackett said they risked escalating an already tense situation and created a culture of violence.
"I want you to take in account that when you get involved in fighting in Cherbourg it's being heard and probably seen by small children and you probably don't know that exposure to that sort of violence can radically change the brains of of young children,” Mr Hackett said.
"If they've constantly exposed to domestic violence, their ability to make reasonable decisions is basically lost.
"They tend to operate on fear or fight.
"Yelling and screaming is very damaging to children.
"Early on they're scared of it and, after a while, they get used to it.”
Narkiya Cobbo was fined $300 with no conviction recorded.
Roland Cobbo was fined $450 with no conviction recorded.
Chapman was convicted and fined $500.