Brawling brother fined $1400

November 24, 2017

A MAN who got into a drunken fight with his estranged brother has been ordered to pay more than $1400.

A MAN who got into a drunken fight with his estranged brother has been ordered to pay more than $1400.

Wayne Hay, 42, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to wilful damage and behaving in a defensive manner in a public place.

The scuffle occurred on December 23 at the Echuca Workers and Services Club.

‘‘At around midnight the accused entered the club and sighted his half brother Jamie Ryan who he had a falling out with five years ago,’’ police prosecutor Senior Constable Sally Mannell said.

‘‘He approached Ryan who was with friends and was told he was not welcome.

‘‘They both walked to a courtyard in the premises where the accused slapped Ryan’s stomach calling him fat.

‘‘He got into Ryan’s face and pushed him.’’

Snr Constable Mannell told the court both men pushed each other and eventually lost their footing in the fighting.

‘‘A large sheeting of glass was behind the men when during the struggle Hay made contact with the glass causing it to shatter but not dislodge.

‘‘CCTV showed both men were extremely intoxicated and were staggering.

‘‘They both took turns in engaging with each other before security and staff members asked them both to leave.

‘‘They were uncooperative and refused.’’

Police spoke to the men who left the club.

On September 28 at the Echuca police station Hay spoke to police and said his memory of the night was hazy.

‘‘He was aware of the damage and said he attended the club the day after the incident and offered to pay for the damage but was unable to as the manager was not there,’’ Snr Constable Mannell said.

The court heard Hay had been drinking since 9am before the incident.

Magistrate Bruce Cottrill said Hay’s behaviour was ‘‘antisocial and dangerous’’.

‘‘And would have been frightening for the others inside the club,’’ he said.

Mr Cottrill convicted him, fined him $850 and ordered him to pay compensation of $568.48.

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