Man foots bill for drunken rampage

A SHEEPISH Bradley Muntelwit was told to cough up $208 to the Lismore City Council after he destroyed a give-way sign in Uralba Street, Lismore, in an alcohol-fuelled rampage that left him flat on his back and a bit winded.

Described as ‘a likeable chap’, Muntelwit, 33, a Bob-cat operator from The Channon, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to destroying council property at 1am on January 31; using offensive language in public; and also destroying a rear window wiper of a parked Subaru.

Magistrate Robyn Denes also ordered Muntelwit to pay the car’s owner $574 in compensation for the damage.

Muntelwit acknowledged through his defence lawyer, Steve Bull, that he had an alcohol problem.

Mr Bull said his client did not have a good criminal history.

He said Muntelwit was walking from Goonellabah to Lismore after a party when the ‘unfortunate’ events took place.

“He has made personal apologies to his employer and to the council,” he said.

Police facts stated three security guards at Lismore Base Hospital saw a shirtless Muntelwit wearing dark camouflage-style shorts at 1am and stated he ‘grabbed the sign and ripped it off the bottom bracket’.

“He then tried to rip the sign from its top bracket, but in doing so he fell to the ground and was winded,” the guards stated.

“He lay for a minute or so before he (Muntelwit) got up and went to a parked Subaru Liberty.”

The guards told police Muntelwit punched the rear windscreen (without smashing it) then grabbed the rear window wiper and bent the wiper arm.

He also broke the car’s passenger side mirror before walking off.

Ms Denes also fined Muntelwit $200 for the use of offensive language, ordered him to pay compensation in both other matters and placed him on a 12-month good behaviour bond under the direction of Probation Services.



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