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Woman fined after Australia Day brawl

A WOMAN was fined for her part in an Australia Day brawl which saw a dozen people charged.

Racheal Michele Stallan pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court for one count of obstructing police.

The court heard police were called to a beach front park about 4.10pm on Australia Day to reports of fighting.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling said about 100 youths had gathered in park and were yelling, swearing and fighting.

Snr Const Sperling said police were arresting Stallan's brother when she interfered.

"She said, 'he hasn't done anything you can't arrest him'," she said.

Stallan, 21, tried to grab her brother and pull him away from police.

Police warned Stallan that if she did not she would be arrested.

Snr Const Sperling said Stallan's brother broke free from police, running away while Stallan blocked police from chasing after him.

Defence lawyer Daniel Ould said Stallan, a full-time takeaway shop manager, had been drinking for Australia Day.

"She admits it was a stupid thing to do," he said.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell warned Stallan against similar behaviour.

"Obviously you wouldn't act like that if you hadn't been drinking," he said.

Stallan was fined $400. No conviction was recorded.

Topics:  australia day, brawl, fine, hervey bay magistrates court



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