‘I’ll burn down your hotel’: Man threatens publican, irony ensues
A Magistrate pointed out the irony that a man who said he was “furious” that people were drink driving around town, then went and drunk drove nearly twice the legal limit after threatening to kill a publican and burn down his hotel.
Corey John M Webb appeared in the St George Magistrates Court on February 9 charged with multiple offences including obstructing police and committing public nuisance.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court the Dirranbandi hotel manager spoke to police about Webb’s threatening behaviour.
Sergeant Whiting said Webb yelled “I’ll kill you”, “I’ll burn that hotel down” and “I’ll get my brothers to kill you and happily go to jail for it” to the hotel manager.
“As police were leaving the Dirranbandi hotel, they observed the vehicle the defendant was in, and waited and observed a highly agitated man yelling out to witnesses on the driveway,” sergeant Whiting said.
“Police told him to calm down and he did until an officer asked him for a specimen of breath.
“When he was told he would be detained at the St George police station, he became agitated and said his son must come with him.
“He yelled at officers and wanted to fight, he was then told he’d be placed under arrest.”
Later, he returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.093.
Barrister Wesley Seewald was instructed by Webb that he was frustrated at community members hooning around town.
A confused Magistrate Tracey Mossop clarified, “so he was upset about people hooning around and driving under the influence, then he went and drove under the influence, is that right?”
Mr Seewald confirmed that was indeed the case
He said his client was unemployed and took care of his 10-year-old son.
Webb pleaded guilty to failing to appear in accordance with undertaking, drink driving, public nuisance and obstructing police.
He was fined $2000 for all four offences and disqualified from driving for three months
The convictions were recorded.
“Kind of ironic, you got angry then you go and do it … and you have a history of offending that way over the years,” Magistrate Mossop said.
“It’s really silly, it’s money that could be better spent on other things, so I hope that’s a deterrent today.”