Man put on probation after brawl on Gladstone street
A RANDOM act of violence outside a Breslin St home has landed a Gladstone man in court this week.
It was after midnight on April 3 when a local woman walked outside to tell her dogs to be quiet.
But Mitchell Elywen Cook, who was walking past at the time, thought she was speaking to him.
The highly intoxicated 25-year-old approached the house and started to swear at the woman.
She abruptly asked him to leave as she picked up a nearby cricket bat.
Two other occupants of the house quickly came to her aid and a footpath fight soon broke out between three men.
Police broke up the fight.
A hunting knife was later found strapped to Cook's leg during questioning by police at the watchhouse.
"I have it for protection. People don't like me in Gladstone," he said.
Cook pleaded guilty to one count of bodily harm, two of common assault and one count of possessing a knife in a public place when he appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Duty lawyer Jun Pepito said his client had been drinking to deal with a rough break-up from the mother of his child and he had no recollection of the incident.
Cook was ordered to pay a total of $1300 in compensation to the victims with a conviction recorded.
He was put on a probation order for two years and sentenced to six months imprisonment for the bodily harm charge, which was wholly suspended.