Phone calls in strip club costs patron dearly
REFUSING to put his phone away at a strip club has cost a man nearly $2000.
Morgan Lewis Carroll, 24, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to assault occasioning bodily harm and two counts of assaulting a police officer.
The court heard Ipswich man Carroll was at the Cabaret Club in Brisbane after a buck's night.
A security guard approached him when he was seen on his phone. The guard told the man as per the club's conditions of entry he couldn't use the phone, or any recording device, in the adult entertainment area and was told to move to a different area or put the phone away.
Carroll put the phone down, but was then seen using it again and was again told to put it away.
Carroll then swore at the guard and told him: "Can't you see I'm on the phone?"
The guard then grabbed the phone out of Carroll's hand and tried to lead him to an area he could use the phone. An enraged Carroll charged at the guard and began punching him.
The court heard he struck the guard four times in the head causing cuts and bruising.
The guard eventually dragged him to the ground where other staff attended and took Carroll outside.
As Carroll was being arrested by police he became aggressive and wouldn't walk with police into the car.
He kicked backwards at a police officer hitting him in the shins.
He was then handcuffed and taken to the Brisbane watch house.
When inside a cell an officer attempted to remove Carroll's cuffs through a food hatch in the cell door.
When one handcuff was off, Carroll trapped the officer's hand between the cuffs and the opening in the cell, damaging the officer's finger.
The court heard Carroll works as a plumber on coal seam gas developments in western Queensland.
Defence lawyer Michael Kelly said Carroll took offence to having his phone taken from him and then being restrained by police.
"He'd been drinking at a buck's night during the day and things got out of control," he said.
Carroll was fined $1800 and ordered to pay $120 compensation to the guard.