SYDNEY (AFP) – A “remarkably stupid” Irish teenager was fined on Tuesday when firefighters had to rescue him after he became stuck in the roof of an Australian nightclub he was trying to enter.
Hugh McMahon, 18, was ordered to pay an Aus$900 (US$736) fine and Aus$1,700 compensation to the club at Surfers Paradise, on Australia’s east coast, a court official told AFP.
He had pleaded guilty to charges of trespassing, wilful damage and failing to leave a licensed premises.
The court heard McMahon had tried to enter the SinCity nightclub in Queensland after he was twice ejected, climbing through an air vent after breaking into the building early Tuesday, the Australian Associated Press reported.
But he became tangled in wires and trapped between pipes in the roof cavity, and the fire brigade had to cut him out.
During his rescue, the teenager told police he had attempted similar feats in Ireland and was only caught once, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
“Drunk or sober, it was an absolutely remarkably stupid thing to have done,” AAP reported magistrate Ron Kilner as saying.
“You only have yourself to blame.”