Overnight ride along with the Rapid Action Patrol Unit in Townsville. Picture: Alix Sweeney
Overnight ride along with the Rapid Action Patrol Unit in Townsville. Picture: Alix Sweeney

40yo banned from Dalby pub after headbutting security guard

WILLIAM Michael Allen Blow will not be allowed to set foot in a popular Dalby pub for a year after he sent a security guard to hospital with facial injuries.

Police prosecutor sergeant Derek Brady told the court police were called to the Criterion Hotel in Dalby at 10.30pm on August 7.

Police arrived to find to security guards restraining the defendant.

The victim told police he had attempt to evict Blow from the pub due to his intoxication and became engaged in a verbal argument with him.

The court heard the defendant eventually left the pub, walked a few metres away before turning around and running at the victim, headbutting him twice in the face.

Lacerations were caused to the victim’s lip.

A breath test later revealed Blow’s BAC at the time was 0.223.

Sgt Brady said the defendant was belligerent with police during his arrest.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services defence lawyer Michael McElhinney said his client, who has six children, didn’t offer any excuse for his behaviour, and his early plea of guilty was an indicator of his remorse.

Mr McElhinney said his client remembered asking the security guard why he was being kicked out, but had no recollection of the rest of the evening.

Magistrate Tracy Mossop said, based on Blow’s history, he “kept returning” to violence and had “reached the end of the road” of fines.

Blow pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm in public while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance.

He was sentenced to 120 hours community service to be completed within 12 months.

He was also sentenced to four months imprisonment wholly suspended for an operational period of 12 months.

A conviction was recorded.


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