Man fined after wedding debacle

IT WAS not the dream white wedding of one Evans Head bride when a guest at the reception, having a bit too much fun, grabbed a fire extinguisher and shot off its load of white powder.

And it was not revealed in Casino Local Court on Wednesday whether the wedding guest Neil Brown, belonged to the groom or bride’s side of the family – or whose family friend he was – when he pleaded guilty to charges of offensive behaviour and recklessly damaging property at the Woodburn-Evans Head RSL Club on April 24.

Brown, 26, of Evans Head, has since been banned from the club for life.

According to police facts, Brown was a guest at the wedding function when he was seen in the club foyer at 11.30pm spraying into the air a white powder fire retardant chemical from the extinguisher’s nozzle.

A large amount of white dust was expelled and Brown then ran off through the front door where he again pulled the trigger, expelling a large burst of the white powder over a club patron.

Brown was chased through a car park by RSL club staff and told to drop the extinguisher but he refused and kept running. He finally dropped the now empty extinguisher before escaping

Brown was tracked down later by police after being recognised by guests at the club, where he had signed in. He was also recognised by police officers who viewed club CCTV footage of the incident.

Defence lawyer Tracey Randall said her client became extremely intoxicated at the wedding reception and took the extinguisher off a wall when leaving.

He had written an apology letter to the club and was remorseful for his actions but had since been banned from the club for life.

Magistrate Jeff Linden fined Brown a total of $400 - $200 for each offence.

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