Bad move breaking up a bus blue between drunk men

WHEN he moved in to break up a fight between two people on a Rockhampton bus, David Samuel Ray probably thought he was doing the right thing.

But his 13-page criminal history counted against him in court on Monday, where he was sentenced to jail time after pleading guilty to public nuisance and failing to appear in court.

The court heard 45-year-old Ray was on a Sunbus at 4pm on September 29 when two drunk men began arguing and then trading blows while travelling along Musgrave St.

Ray, also drunk, tried to break up the fight. After disembarking, he was found at Northside Plaza by police and charged with public nuisance.

After being released on a warrant he failed to appear for his court appearance.

On March 6 he was found at an address on Pfitzmaier St, taken to the watch house and charged.

ATSILS defence lawyer Shayne Studdert said Ray didn't show up to court because at his last appearance he was told if he came back before the court he would be going to jail.

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll told Ray in hindsight he probably should have let the two men fight so he did not become involved.

He was sentenced to four months jail, but immediately released on parole.



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