$1500 fine for latest escapade

A URANGAN man known to police as a serial pest has pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to seven charges.

Craig Steven McConnville made headlines last September after threatening a flight attendant on a Hervey Bay-bound Jetstar flight.

In August he was sentenced in the District Court to a two-year good behaviour bond.

But McConnville was in court again last week charged with being a public nuisance, contravening a direction, possessing drugs and failing to leave police property.

Police were called to a Urangan street on September 15 because McConnville was drunk and noisy and threatening to “sort out” one of his neighbours. He was taken to the watch-house where, McConnville said, he hurt his foot.

The next day he attended Hervey Bay Hospital to have his foot treated and to get his methadone and was thrown out after causing a disturbance.

He pulled down his pants and exposed himself towards a security camera and then blocked traffic at the hospital carpark exit.

Eight days later he was seen loitering around the Hervey Bay police station.

He was asked to leave but refused and was arrested.

McConnville was taken to the watch-house again and produced a small amount of cannabis when he emptied his pockets.

Prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said McConnville's extensive criminal history was littered with similar nuisance offences.

“It's come to the point where a period of imprisonment is warranted,” Sgt Quirk said.

Defence solicitor John Milburn said McConnville was a disability pensioner and had suffered a brain injury in a car crash in 1987.

The court heard he had struggled with drug and alcohol addictions.

“He understands it's going to kill him if he continues to drink as much as he does,” Mr Milburn said. “He understands people think he's odd. He doesn't mean to upset anyone.”

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell told McConnville to do something about his alcohol problem and stop making a nuisance of himself.

“If these offences continue, eventually you're going to end up in custody.”

McConnville was fined $1500.



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