Alcohol fueled man’s offenses, court hears

A man arrested in the early hours of Saturday, April 22, pleaded guilty to four charges in Summary Court on Monday afternoon.

Alex Kessell Johnson-Moore, 37, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two women at the Meringue Town Bar on Boilers Road and possession of a machete and flick knife in the vicinity of the premises.

Defense attorney Dennis Brady said Johnson-Moore had told him the unlawful behavior would not have occurred if it had not been for alcohol.

“He recognizes he has no defense of intoxication,” Mr. Brady told Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn. “He went out drinking and voluntarily imbibed.”

The defendant recalled “snippets” of what had occurred, the attorney continued. Johnson-Moore accepted his reported conduct on the basis that the people who had complained against him were people he had no problems with, so their complaints would not have been made out of malice.

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Johnson-Moore had found himself with injuries afterward that he knew he did not have when he went out that night. He recalled being confronted by the husband of one of the women whom he had touched inappropriately. He also recalled that he had a machete in his car because he had used it the previous day to chop bush.

Mr. Brady said his client had sworn he would never take another drink because he recognized what could have happened and how his life could have changed that night. He was ready to seek help for alcohol abuse and anger management.

Crown counsel Claire Wetton asked for conditions to be attached if bail were granted.

The magistrate ordered Johnson-Moore to go to the Counselling Centre the next morning and ask to be assessed for program attendance. She also directed that he stay out of all liquor-license establishments, including gas stations with liquor licenses. The matter will be returned to court on July 17.

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