21st birthday party ends with two weeks in police custody

IT WASN'T the 21st birthday party Braydon Wayne Reeks might have been hoping for.

Drunkenly yelling swear words and abuse before shadow boxing in front of the police during the night of celebrations landed him in police custody for two weeks.

Reeks, 21, pleaded guilty in the Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday to public nuisance.

Reeks, who has been in jail for nuisance-style offences in the past, was led into the court by police officers after spending two weeks since his arrest in custody.

In the early hours of Saturday, June 1, Reeks was arrested in Brisbane St in central Ipswich near the Top of Town.

Police saw a man, heavily intoxicated, shouting obscenities.

The police tried to talk to Reeks but were unable to communicate with him.

The court heard he continued to yell obscenities, but wasn't yelling at police or hotel security guards, but rather a third party.

As police were talking to him Reeks took a fighting stance and began swinging punches in the air.

A female friend of his then told the police on the scene she would take him home.

The police told Reeks to go with her. However, he refused and began walking towards Cocktails nightclub. He continued to scream abuse until he was arrested on public nuisance charges and taken to the watchhouse.

The court heard the night had started as a celebration of his 21st birthday, which he celebrated during the week leading up to the night.

Reeks had previously been sent to prison for violent public-nuisance behaviour, the court heard.

His defence said he hadn't taken offence and yelled at police or security staff at the nearby night-club, but Magistrate Michael Quinn said yelling at a member of the public was hardly better.

Mr Quinn told Reeks he was fortunate that there hadn't been any violence towards any of the other people involved in the incident this time.

"If there was any real violence you'd be going back to prison," he said.

"You obviously have a problem with violence after drinking."

Reeks was fined $450 for his behaviour on the night.


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