Mandurah court: hefty fine for pushing a barmaid

A MAN pleaded guilty in Mandurah Magistrates Court on July 1 to pushing a barmaid who told him off for stealing alcohol.

He was fined $1500 for his unprovoked attack on the then 19-year-old woman.

The court heard that James Michael John Darvill was at Players Bar on November 21, 2015 when he pushed the victim.

She was collecting glasses when she saw the accused reach over the bar.

The victim yelled at him to stop.

Darvill walked behind the bar where the victim told him he should not steal alcohol.

He walked up to her and pushed her. The barmaid poured a drink over his head.

Darvill pleaded guilty to one count of common assault.

Counsel for the accused said he was intoxicated when he pushed the young woman.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards said she was concerned Darvill had a problem with alcohol, as this was not the first time he had offended while intoxicated. Counsel said he was aware of his problem with alcohol.

Darvill was fined $1500 and ordered to pay $169.10 in costs.