Caught dragging 20m of hose for craft bong project
POLICE patrolling in Mackay after Queensland won State of Origin probably expected a strange sight here or there.
That's certainly what they got when they came across a drunk bloke dragging along 20 metres of garden hose.
Nicholas James Waddell, a tradie from Habana, was caught by officers dragging the length of hose down a Mackay street early in the morning on July 13..
He told police he was going to use the hose to craft bong parts, and "you snooze, you lose".
Moments later, he burst into tears.
A seemingly baffled Waddell faced Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to unlawful possession of suspected stolen property - claiming he couldn't remember his run in with police whatsoever.
Still, Waddell was prepared to take responsibility for the rather curious offence, details of which left parts of the public gallery stifling giggles.
Waddell appeared on Monday wearing high-vis work gear and was not represented by a lawyer.
The 22-year-old was reminded of his hazy night out by police prosecutor Senior Constable Duncan Erskine, who provided details of the hose incident.
He said Mackay Northern Beaches police were patrolling Andergrove Road in Mackay when they were stopped by an unknown man who reported he'd seen a fellow hauling a hose along.
"Police stopped and spoke to the defendant, who informed police he had found a hose and was going to take the hose and cut it up to make bong pipes," Snr Const Erskine said.
"Police questioned the defendant to where he'd located the hose and the defendant stated he couldn't remember.
"The defendant informed police he was refused service at the Andergrove Tavern. He was asked to leave, so he did and he found the hose.
"Police asked the defendant if he'd attempted to locate the owner of the hose and he replied similarly to 'you snooze, you lose' and then laughed."
When police told Waddell they believed the hose was stolen he said 'that may be true, you've got me'.
"The defendant then began to cry," Snr Const Erskine said.
The prosecution "requests disposal of the hose", he added.
Magistrate Scott Luxton asked Waddell if he had anything to say for himself.
Waddell said it was the first time he'd heard about the conversation with police.
"But in saying that, I do not know whether or not I said those things," he said.
"I was very intoxicated. I don't remember a single thing of that night, apart from Queensland winning that night, and that's not relevant,"
Nevertheless, Waddell said he was "here to take the consequences".
Mr Luxton said Waddell - who had no criminal history - wasn't accused of theft as such, but was reasonably thought to have stolen property.
He described Waddell as "grossly intoxicated" on the night, which wasn't an excuse, but put the situation in context.
Waddell was fined $300 and no conviction was recorded.