Man breaches parole, handed bond

JUST released from jail and on parole, Tabulam man Trevor McGrady was charged 12 weeks later with offensive behaviour in public.

McGrady, 33, pleaded guilty to the charge in the Lismore Local Court after he became involved in street fighting at Cas-ino about midnight on May 29.

In police facts, McGrady was still on parole after serving 12 months of a 16-month jail sentence imposed for two offences of high-range drink-driving; and one charge of driving when disqualified.

Police were called to the Casino RSM Club in Canterbury Street at 11.30pm that night because of rep-orts of people fighting in the street.

After telling a group of people, including McGrady, to move, police officers spent 30 minutes breaking up fights.

McGrady was also involved in a ‘heated physical’ fight with another man, with patrons leaving the club to watch.

An officer fired off a burst of capsicum spray toward the fighting men and McGrady was arrested.

Because he was in breach of his parole the previous traffic offences were also re-mentioned in court.

On those matters McGrady had been arrested drink-driving at Tabulam on July 16, 2008, with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.255; and on February 27, 2009, when he was charged at Tenterfield for driving with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.285

His licence had also been disqualified on those matters until July 2028.

After consideration of all matters put before the court, including defence argument and McGrady’s personal circumstances, Magistrate Robyn Denes convicted McGrady of offensive behaviour and placed him on a bond.



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