‘People are sick and tired of thugs like you’: man fined $1500

TIME TO REASSESS: Magistrate Bruce Williams warned a man to reassess how he uses alcohol in response to the man's behaviour on a night out. FILE PHOTO
TIME TO REASSESS: Magistrate Bruce Williams warned a man to reassess how he uses alcohol in response to the man's behaviour on a night out. FILE PHOTO

“People are sick and tired of thugs like you,” Magistrate Bruce Williams told a man who appeared before him in Orange Local Court on Monday.

Sebastion Backhouse, 22, of Hill Street, Molong, pleaded guilty in court to three charges relating to his argumentative and aggressive behaviour outside a Summer Street hotel at 3am on February 5 when he swore at police and had to be tackled and handcuffed on the road.

Mr Williams fined him $300 for refusing to leave the vicinity of the hotel after being excluded, $600 for behaving in an offensive manner and $600 for resisting a police officer.

The offences took place at the hotel closing time and security noticed he appeared unsteady and told him to move on.

Police said Backhouse was abusive towards security staff when they tried to move him up the street, police also saw him push another man onto the road and said he was argumentative and trying to start fights with anyone, including his friends. 

“I’m one of those people who has a different view of hotels,” Mr Williams said.

“I think a lot of people think a hotel is a place you go to get smashed and what ever happens it doesn’t matter because it’s a hotel.”

However, he said many others just want to socialise.

“Alcohol is not about getting smashed in the street, alcohol is a social drug,” he said.

Backhouse was represented by solicitor Fahim Kahan who said it was a one-off incident that resulted from an argument between Backhouse and his brother.

“Mr Backhouse has a short temper, he had been working five days on night shift,” Mr Kahan said.

“Mr Backhouse does not have a drug or alcohol history, his criminal history is very limited.”