Alcohol and bad temper dont mix
MICHAEL FYFE, in a stroppy moment of an alcohol-fuelled temper, punched his arm through a glass door at a Casino hotel after being told to leave.
He was left with a bloodied right hand and was still sitting outside the hotel when police arrived.
But a very repentant Fyfe phoned the publican of the Commercial Hotel the next morning to apologise and organise to repay the damage.
Fyfe, 27, from Kyogle, but now living in Casino, pleaded guilty in Casino Local Court to malicious damage of a Commercial Hotel door at 10.50pm on December 11 last year.
“A silly thing to do,” Magistrate Robyn Denes told Fyfe.
“Yes, stupid,” replied Fyfe.
“I rang the licensee and apologised and said I would pay for it. I paid for it the following Monday.”
Fyfe said after paying for the damage police sent him a $500 fine.
“Have you learnt anything from this?” asked Ms Denes.
“Sure have,” replied Fyfe.
Ms Denes said he had shown remorse and paid for his act so she would not convict him of the offence, but instead place him on a 12-month good behaviour bond. She hoped it was the last time he would behave like that.
Police facts stated Fyfe was told to leave because of his intoxicated state and he did. But then publican Paul Davy heard a loud smash and went out to find a smashed glass door with glass shards on the ground and Fyfe with a bleeding right hand.
“I’m sorry, I’ll pay for it,” Fyfe said to Mr Davy.
When police officers arrived, Fyfe was sitting against a hotel wall with a small pool of blood on the ground and he told them ‘I punched the window when I left the pub’.