Street fight not initially on Toowoomba man's agenda

Agenda nightclub
Agenda nightclub

GETTING into a street fight outside Toowoomba's Agenda Nightclub then struggling with police who arrested him ultimately made for an expensive night out for a 23-year-old man.

Police alerted to a scuffle on the Russell St footpath outside the nightclub about 3.25am, May 13, arrived to find three men in a struggle, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

While one of the three men walked off, the other two had continued the push and shove onto the street to the point police officers intervened.

As the two men broke up, one combatant, Alexander Jeames Young, had walked off, ignoring police calls for him to stop.

When police caught up with the 23-year-old, he objected to being arrested and struggled violently with the officers, police prosecutor Natalie Bugden told the court.

During the struggle, Young and the officers had fallen back onto a taxi, breaking off the car's outside mirror.

Eventually, police had the matter under control and Young was handcuffed and taken to the watch house, Sgt Bugden said.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of obstructing police and one count of committing a public nuisance offence.

His solicitor Divina De Leon told the court her client had no criminal history at all and was in good employment as a machine operator.

He had been out with friends that night and his group had left the nightclub at lock-down when one of his friends became involved in an altercation with another man outside and her client had stepped in, she said.

Her client had become agitated when police approached him while the other man had walked away.

The incident was out of character for her client who had spent four hours in the police watch house as a result, Ms De Leon submitted.

Because her client had no previous criminal history and he had plans of one day getting a security guard licence, Ms De Leon asked that no convictions be recorded.

Acting Magistrate Maryanne May acceded to the request and ordered the convictions not be recorded but fined Young $600.

Topics:  court obstructing police public nuisance toowoomba

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