How an argument over rent lead to a $1050 fine

AN argument over rent money landed one Maryborough man in hot water.

John William Gouge, 29, appeared before Maryborough Magistrates Court this week charged with assaulting or obstructing a police officer and being drunk or disorderly on a licensed premises.

The court heard Gouge had been living at the Post Office Hotel and on the night of the incident he became involved in a dispute over rent with a barman at the hotel.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling said Gouge had threatened to assault the bartender.

Police attended the hotel, where Gouge was refusing to hand back his room keys.

When police attempted to arrest Gouge he resisted, telling them he had a suspended prison sentence and he was "likely to go to jail" if he was arrested.

The court heard Gouge was looking for full-time work in Toowoomba and knew he had acted inappropriately on the night of the incident.

He was fined $1050.


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