Firies called out to Gladstone home, find drunk man cooking

SWAYING back and forth a Gladstone man told the magistrate he was just “hungover” from the night before.

But the same man was busted walking out of a Gladstone bottl-o with a carton of Coronas over his shoulder without paying.

Police were able to identify Darrell Kevin Melville through CCTV footage.

Melville pleaded guilty at the Gladstone Magistrates Court to two counts including entering a premises and committing an indictable offence and producing dangerous drugs.

On February 28 Melville walked into the Grand Hotel bottl-o and saw that there was no staff serving.

He grabbed the carton of beer worth $51 and walked out.

The court was told staff at the hotel heard the buzzer of the door as it opened but Melville had taken off before anyone got there.

A few months later in September, emergency services; including the police and firies, were called to a Gladstone address after reports of a burning smell and smoke

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