The Canberra Times has the sad story of Oliver James Kolouch, 22 of Canada, who spent his birthday drinking in Manuka. He was hassled by racists who’d mistaken him for a US citizen and naturally enough got in a fight.
Showing some wisdom he then smashed up a Proton sedan.
Flint hearted Magistrate Grant Lalor was making sure Oliver goes no-where before paying for his damages:
- ”He’s not leaving this territory until compensation is paid,” Mr Lalor told Kolouch’s lawyer, Michael Toole. ”He thinks he can come here and conduct a drunken spree and expect to get on the next flight to Canada…”
Kolouch pleaded guilty to fighting in a public place and damaging property and was fined $400 and ordered to pay $500 compensation to the owner of the car.
Apparently Kolouch has paid the fine and left the country. One doubts he’ll be doing testimonials for Canberra Tourism.