'I had blood all over my face': Christmas party ends in disaster
WORK Christmas parties can get sloppy.
It's an outcome we almost expect on our way to the festivities each year.
But a 29-year-old man could not have anticipated the bloody ending he got to his merry night out.
Sonny Michael Foley pleaded guilty to two charges of public nuisance within a licensed premises in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday.
The court was told on December 16 Foley was out drinking at Industrie - a nightclub underneath the Gladstone Reef Hotel, when things went terribly wrong.
Police prosecutor acting Senior Constable Balan Selvadurai said Foley had gotten into a verbal and physical argument inside the nightclub when he was escorted out by security.
He said Foley had a cut on his eyebrow, a wound he sustained during the fight inside.
"I had blood all over my face ... I couldn't see properly, I was concussed," Foley told Magistrate Melanie Ho.
Once outside, police issued Foley with a move-on notice, stirring him back up and leading him to swear at the officer.
When police asked him to repeat the explicit name he called them, he answered "I said you're a f---head".
In court, Foley confessed he clearly could not handle his liquor and told Ms Ho "I have an alcohol problem, I admit".
Foley was fined $1000 for the offences, more than $400 under the sum the prosecution was seeking.
He told Ms Ho he had not used drugs in a year and had completed the community service he had been given for a previous offence.
"It's (the heavy intoxication) never going to happen again," he said
"Excellent," Ms Ho said, commending Foley for his efforts.
"Because you clearly can't handle your liquor."