A NARROGIN FIFO worker who was removed from the White Star Hotel for being too drunk and told police he couldn’t remember his name has been fined $600.
Appearing before Albany Magistrates Court on Thursday, Matthew Ivan Ball pleaded guilty to remaining on a footpath next to licensed premises and failing to give police his personal details.
Police Prosecuting Sgt Dave Loverock told the court Mr Ball was removed from the White Star by security at about 10.30pm on April 4.
When police arrived to move on a lingering Mr Ball, he told officers he couldn’t remember his name.
The 46-year-old’s defence lawyer said Mr Ball had voluntarily left the hotel but hung around outside because he was worried about friends inside that didn’t have a key to the property they were all staying at.
“He accepts he made some poor decisions,” the defence lawyer said.
“He became fixated by doing the right thing by his friends.”
Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said, sadly, cases like Mr Ball’s were not uncommon.
“Clearly it’s not how you normally behave,” she said.
“But if you choose to drink in excess then the only person to blame is you.
“You made other people’s jobs unnecessarily difficult.
“Have a long, hard look at your drinking habits.”
Mr Ball was ordered to pay court costs and a spent conviction was granted for both charges.