Visit to The Vault on Ruthven strips man of cash

A VISIT to The Vault on Ruthven has cost a 60-year-old Toowoomba man $1500 and the bill had nothing to do with the entertainment offered by the establishment.

Peter Anthony Withers had attended the CBD night spot with a group of work colleagues on the evening of November 14, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

After his son was evicted by security staff, he had gone to the entrance of the building only to find his son being held to the ground.

Withers had then argued with security staff who refused to let him back into the venue and, after being pushed back in the chest by one officer, punched him in the jaw, police prosecutor Senior Constable Des Neijens told the court.

When police intervened, the defendant had refused to give his name and address and was arrested.

He pleaded guilty yesterday to common assault, public nuisance within or near a licensed premises, obstructing police and contravening a police direction.

His solicitor Phil Stainton told the court his client instructed that on the night he had been intoxicated.

His client, who had a good job, had been out with a group of work mates and became involved in the altercation after his son was evicted, he said.

Magistrate Graham Lee fined Withers $1500.