Party goes wild for teen
A DRUNKEN splash in someone else's pool and stealing a bottle of wine were two highlights of Nathan Lionel Hancock's breaking and entering charge heard in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.
The court heard Hancock, 18, had attended a party and while intoxicated, forced entry into a neighbouring residence after a quick swim in a pool.
Hancock cut the home's rear screen and walked throughout the residence, leaving muddy marks on the floor and walls.
The court was told Hancock then took a bottle of wine from the fridge before leaving.
Police received a complaint of the unlawful entry and door knocking led them to Hancock, who had boasted about his activities.
The court learned Hancock had also confessed to his mother.
The unrepresented defendant said he had been invited to a party, was drinking and having a good time when told he could take a swim in the neighbouring pool.
Hancock couldn't recall why he broke into the house but said he used his bare hands to gain entry.
Once in the darkened house, the defendant said he became lost and could recall taking the wine from the fridge.
Hancock said he returned to the party, skolled the wine and passed out on the lounge.
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said she "was not the fun police" but Hancock needed to work out how much to drink and remain in charge.
Hancock received a $400 six-month good behaviour bond and was ordered to pay restitution for the damage to the screen door and the cost of the wine, valued at $250 to be paid within the week.