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Policeman hit with $300 drunk and disorderly fine

A SUSPENDED police officer has pleaded guilty to behaving in a drunk or disorderly manner at Hervey Bay's Beach House Hotel after an incident in December last year.

Booral's Marc Charlton Withyman, 35, appeared before Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on the drunk or disorderly conduct charge, and a charge of common assault.

The assault charge was adjourned until June 11, when Withyman will also face several other charges relating to a separate incident.

The court heard that on December 20 last year, Withyman approached a man he believed was taking photos of women.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said CCTV footage showed Withyman had been involved in an altercation with two patrons and Withyman's behaviour was "inappropriate".

Sgt Quirk said Withyman had to be physically restrained at the scene after offering to fight the other man in the carpark.

The court heard Withyman had reacted because he thought he had seen the man taking photos of his wife.


An earlier version of this story said the court was told he had "reacted because he had seen the man taking photos". No evidence was given that photos were actually taken.


Withyman, a general duties officer based at the Maryborough Police Station, had served in the Australian military before joining the police force and had no criminal history.

He was married with three children and had been suspended without pay since the incident.

Withyman was intending to travel to Newcastle for work to support his family until the other charges before the court were resolved.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Withyman $300 for his actions but did not record a conviction.

"No doubt your life has turned into something of a nightmare," Mr Tatnell said.

Topics:  drunk and disorderly, editors picks, maryborough police




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