Drunk starts fight in wrong home

IN THE midst of a drunken stupor, a Warwick grandfather demanded to be let into a stranger's house and when they refused, he tried to start a fight with them.

Neil Thomas McGrady was so intoxicated at the time of the August 1 offence that he thought he was at his sister's house.

He was in fact not only at the wrong house but also in the wrong street.

Police responded to a call for help from the occupants of the Gore St house at 11.30pm.

Witnesses told police the 39-year-old had tried to enter two vehicles on the property and when unsuccessful, he tried to gain access to the house.

The Warwick Magistrates Court this week heard McGrady banged violently on the door of the house, demanding to be let in.

When the occupants refused to let him in, McGrady tried to instigate a physical fight.

Police soon attended the scene and McGrady fled.

He was located a short time later in the backyard of a neighbouring property.

Defence counsel for the man told the court his client was a father of eight and grandfather to three.

He added that his client was an alcoholic and had consumed four "small" bottles of wine earlier that evening, which were later determined to be 700mL bottles.

McGrady pleaded guilty to trespass and was fined $400.


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