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Scaffolder avoids assault conviction on employment grounds

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A scaffolder working on Curtis Island has narrowly escaped the loss of his job, after a Gladstone magistrate refrained from serving the worker a criminal conviction.

The defense for 19 year-old Tyler Neilson argued that a criminal conviction would result in immediate termination of his employment.

Neilson pleaded guilty to public nuisance and assaulting a police officer in the Gladstone Magistrates Court last Tuesday.

Police told the court that on October 7 last year Neilson had been involved in an argument with a driver in a parked car near the MIePlace Nightclub (formerly Bojangles), and then punched a wooden panel at the Gladstone nightclub.

Upon police attendance an officer was struck by Neilson while attempting to handcuff him.

Image: Gladstone Observer

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