CAUSING a scuffle with an off-duty police officer has led to a Dennington man being fined $1000.
Jordan Samuel Greene, 22, of Harrington Road, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to recklessly causing injury.
He was not convicted but fined $1000.
Police said in evidence that on August 4 Greene had been drinking alcohol at The Whalers Hotel.
Just after midnight Greene was in the outdoor smokers’ area swinging around on a gazebo pole which caused several patrons to move away.
An off-duty police officer asked him to stop as he was being a nuisance and a potential danger.
Greene then aggressively approached the officer, asked if he wanted to start something and grabbed his clothes. There was a struggle and both men fell to the ground. When he thought Greene had calmed down he let him up, but Greene then threw a number of punches at the police officer, striking him once to the mouth and causing him to fall back on some seats.
The accused was then restrained by a number of patrons and escorted from the hotel. The victim received three stitches to a cut lip.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said that during the past three or four years there had been a concerted campaign to address violence in and around licensed premises in the Timor Street area.
He said there had been cases of drunken violence which had resulted in significant injuries and those incidents were treated as extremely serious by courts.
The magistrate said that drunken louts behaving badly would never be condoned.
He said the description by the police officer that Greene was really angry was a concern even though the defendant had consumed only a moderate amount of alcohol.
Greene was also banned from central Warrnambool between 10pm and 6am for six months.