No one died and made you sheriff, magistrate says

A MACKAY bar manager who ran onto the street after a patron and aggressively grabbed him, putting him in a headlock, has been criticised by a magistrate.

Andrew Payne  pleaded guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to being a public nuisance outside the Rum Bar on Victoria St at 2.30am on July 25.

Police said there had been some indication from witnesses "racial slurs" were involved, and Payne wrongly believed the man had taken a poster.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer asked where the courts go when managers start behaving badly.

"It's ridiculous," he said.

"I help out (police) where I can," said Payne.

"No one died and made you sheriff," Mr Dwyer replied.

"You took the law into your own hands. How can I chastise your punters for doing it when you're the manager?"

Payne was convicted and fined $825.


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