Backing a Cup winner gets a fine

BACKING a winner on Melbourne Cup day got Mark Callin Riley into strife.

Instead of running out of money and going home, the 28-year-old was able to stay out drinking in Hervey Bay, which got him into trouble with police.

Riley faced the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court charged with public nuisance over an argument with police over an open bottle of alcohol.

The court heard Riley repeatedly told police to “f*** off and leave (him) alone” when they asked him for his name and identification.

When arrested, Riley threw himself into the police vehicle so that he hit his head.

“It wouldn’t have happened if he was sober,” defence solicitor John Milburn said.

“He’d backed a winner that day and that’s why he had so much money to spend.

“If he hadn’t backed a winner, he’d have gone home earlier.”

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell fined Riley $300 and said he hoped he had won enough to pay the fine.



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