Man fined $400 as wine turns to watering at McDonalds

A BIT of late night gardening turned sour for a local man who decided to check on the watering of some plants after a night on the drink.

Michael Patrick Kirchen appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning, where he pleaded guilty to one count of wilful damage, after police located him at McDonalds on Glenlyon Rd, pulling irrigation hoses from a garden bed.

Officers located Kirchen at about 12.30am on July 28, swinging the hosing around above his head after he had pulled it free of the ground.

Police noted the offender was heavily intoxicated at the time, and admitted to officers he had no lawful reason for the damage, but had thought it was funny at the time.

Magistrate Russell Warfield lamented the fact the fast-food outlet was so close to local licensed venues, as it proved a haven for drunken people.

"It's an issue with that McDonald's (Glenlyon Rd) being so close to licensed premises," Magistrate Warfield said.

Kirchen, who said he had "not much memory of the event" escaped without a conviction being recorded, and while restitution was not sought (by McDonald's), he was fined $400 for wilful damage and told to monitor his drinking habits.


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