Public nuisance but no conviction for man with baseball bat
LURKING in the bushes with a baseball bat on the Esplanade was not the best way for Nicholas Andrew Baldwin to deal with getting kicked out of a nightclub.
Baldwin pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to public nuisance, after spending Sunday in the watchhouse.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said witnesses told police Baldwin was ducking in and out of bushes on the other side of the road from Viper Niteclub, striking trees with a baseball bat, after he was earlier removed from the club.
When police arrived at about 2am on Sunday, Baldwin told them he was just trying to sleep in the bushes, Snr Const Grigoris said.
Duty lawyer Craig Ryan said Baldwin was upset because he believed bouncers at the club assaulted him as they removed him.
Baldwin also pleaded guilty to riding his motorbike under the influence of illicit drugs on January 13.
He was stopped for a random drug test and returned a positive reading after a saliva swab.
Magistrate Graeme Tatnell noted Baldwin had no previous criminal history and chose not to record a conviction.
Baldwin was fined $1000 and lost his licence for two months for the traffic offence.