'Lost temper': Gladstone Central Ln ‘puddle of blood’ brawl
Douglas Sheridan says he was in shock and lost his temper after seeing his mate knocked out 'in a puddle of blood' outside Central Lane hotel. He made his comments to Gladstone magistrate Mark Morrow when asked what took place in the violence.
Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said two groups of people had a verbal altercation inside the hotel then one group left, going into the hotel car park.
When the others came out they began grabbing each other with eight people wrestling, throwing punches and yelling.
Sheridan was involved and ended up with stitches to a lip injury.
Mr Reece saidSheridan had to be restrained and security staff told police they had been unable to break it up.
Mr Reece said Sheridan recorded a high blood alcohol reading of 0.20, telling police he drank 10 glasses of scotch and coke.
Sheridan, 30, pleaded guilty to his part in an affray at 1.30am on February 14.
"He was trying to break up the fight, to separate people," defence lawyer Jun Pepito said.
Mr Morrow said trying to stop a fight was 'an interesting concept when drunk' and asked Sheridan to explain.
"There was a verbal argument between two mates, accomplices. It was simmering most of the night," Sheridan said.
"It came to a head outside. My mate was in a puddle of blood on the ground. The other one was on the ground fitting out.
"I was in shock; I lost my temper seeing my two mates lying on the ground in blood."
"I can't recall most of it. My blood alcohol was pretty high."
Sheridan was ordered to complete 40 hours of unpaid community service work.