Tradie fined for pushing police officer

AN EVENING of birthday celebrations ended with a night in the watchhouse for a 20-year-old tradie after he got drunk and pushed a police officer.

Thomas Allan Belford pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to public nuisance and two charges of assaulting or obstructing police.


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Belford had been out celebrating his partner's birthday at Cocktails Nightclub on March 28 when he apparently got kicked out of the venue at 2.30am for being too drunk.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Steve De Lissa said Belford was "acting aggressively" outside the club when he was approached by police. After police told him to calm down he responded by pushing one of them in the chest.

Magistrate Deborah Vasta noted it was the first time Belford had been in trouble with the law and fined him $300, with no convictions recorded.