Chinchilla woman sentenced after ‘chaotic’ pub brawl
The Chinchilla Magistrates Court heard that two groups of women were involved in a brawl at the Club Hotel in Chinchilla which spilled out onto Railway St on Sunday October, 20.
Sharna Eileen Howlett pleaded guilty at court on Thursday November 21, to three separate charges, one charge of public nuisance in the vicinity of a licensed premises, one charge of driving without a driver licence demerit points, and one charge for speeding.
Police prosecutor Jodie Tehana told the court police responded to a large disturbance outside the Club Hotel at 12am, and after talking to people present police reviewed CCTV footage at the station where they were able to identify Howlett.
"Footage showed at approximately 11.55pm two groups of females entered the club one through the front door…. and the other (through the back door)," Senior Constable Tehana said.
"(Howlett) was seen moving towards another female who was quickly moving towards her from the dance floor group, this person has also been in court."
The court heard the two women began to brawl which resulted in more than a dozen people getting involved in the fight.
"In an attempt to separate them, one person was taken to the ground during the chaos, several security guards also became involved, as well as bar staff," Snr Const Tehana said.
Howlett left on foot, Snr Const Tehana said she later turned up to the police station after being identified.
The two driving offences were two days prior to the pub braw on Friday October 18, Howlett was caught travelling 13km over the speed limit on Chinchilla St, and later that day for driving without a licence.
Magistrate Tracy Mossop gave a stern warning to Howlett before issuing a $300 fine for driving without a licence, $250 for speeding, $300 for public nuisance, and a disqualification from driving for six months.
"I don't want to be a member out in public and have to put up with people like you having brawls so to speak and causing public nuisance… it's very selfish for people to behave in this manner," she said.
A conviction was recorded for the offences.