Case of the $3 cup closed

THE case of the $3 police cup came to close in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court today.

Benjamin Joseph Cahill was ordered to pay the $3 restitution and no conviction was recorded after his charge of wilful damage to police property was downgraded to a regulatory offence.

The 37-year-old originally appeared in court in March for the offence, when Magistrate Graeme Tatnell agreed with defence solicitor Trinity McGarvie that the charge a waste of time.

Today the court heard Cahill smashed the plastic cup and stuffed it down the toilet of the watch house, where he was being kept for a separate incident on February 26.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Cahill was extremely agitated and was punching the walls before the damage to the cup occurred.

Ms McGarvie told the court Cahill was intoxicated at the time of the incident and had no memory at all of the offence.

She pointed towards Cahill’s offer to pay restitution back in March and urged the court to admonish and discharge her client.

Magistrate Tom Killeen ordered the restitution be paid and no conviction be recorded.

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