Birthday boy throws items on road

MARK Ackland celebrated his birthday in unique style last year.

The 51-year-old Granville pensioner got drunk, threw an assortment of items into the path of drivers on Odessa Street and then lay down on the road.

Concerned residents approached Ackland to help him off the road but he told them to “f*** off”.

Ackland appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court charged with being a public nuisance.

Prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said police received a triple-0 call about 10.30pm on December 24 after Ackland was seen throwing rubbish on to the road.

Witnesses saw him put tree branches, venetian blinds and a wheelie bin on to the road; Ackland laughed at motorists as they swerved to avoid the mess.

He then lay on the road, several cars having to swerve around him.

Sgt Quirk said Ackland had an extensive criminal history which included public nuisance offences.

Defence solicitor Judy Millward said Ackland was remorseful and had since attended anger management counselling. He was fined $500.



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