A 25-year-old man who behaved in a disorderly conduct while under the influence of alcohol despite being warned by police was fined $300 by the Labasa Magistrates Court yesterday.
Fazil Khan, charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour in public place, appeared before Magistrate Tomasi Bainivualiku.
He pleaded guilty after deciding to represent himself. The court heard on February 12, Khan who was returning from a nightclub swore at a police officer who was on a patrol.
In sentencing, Mr Bainivualiku considered the man's early confession to police and guilty plea as evidence of remorse for his offence. "You disrespected the law of this country by screaming and swearing at the police officer under the influence of liquor, however, you have saved the time of this court and you are also a first offender," he said.
"I hope you will not repeat such offences in future and I have ordered not to record any convictions against you because of your new posting here in the north.
"You are expected to lead by example and when you are drunk, go straight home and I warn you today not to appear in my court or any other court again," said Mr Bainivualiku.
Khan was ordered to pay $300 fine within 28 days.