Luke James Martin did $17,000 worth of damage to a holiday unit at Alexandra Headland.
Luke James Martin did $17,000 worth of damage to a holiday unit at Alexandra Headland.

‘Rotten drunk’: Naked holiday-maker destroys unit

A holiday-maker caused $17,000 worth of damage to a unit while wearing nothing but his birthday suit, a court has heard.

Luke James Martin, 26, cannot remember the rampage after consuming 20 to 30 alcoholic drinks.

He was fined $1000 and ordered to pay $17,000 in restitution in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday.

The court heard Martin was holidaying at an Alexandra Headland unit on September 27 when neighbouring guests called triple-0 about 3am.

The sound of Martin smashing walls, throwing furniture and swearing echoed through the complex.

Police arrived to find Martin naked on the balcony of the fourth floor.

"The defendant had upturned, damaged and destroyed practically everything in the unit from plumbing fixtures to furniture and electrical goods," police prosecutor Lee Allan said.

He said Martin was alone and "extremely" drunk.

"Police observed damage to every room including the toilet which had been smashed into multiple pieces causing a flood to the tiled bathroom, vinyl plank hallway and two of the bedrooms and to a lesser extent, the living area," Sen Constable Allan said.

"The flooding was such that water flowed over the police officer's boot."

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Duty lawyer Matt Cooper said Martin lived in Brisbane but worked away in Rockhampton.

"He planned to come to the Sunshine Coast with a friend to have a weekend away," Mr Cooper said.

"They started consuming alcohol about lunch time and he estimates throughout the whole night he had between 20 and 30 drinks.

"Obviously he doesn't remember the incident."

Martin pleaded guilty to wilful damage and obstructing a police officer.

He had no criminal history.

Mr Cooper said Martin was mortified at his behaviour and has stopped drinking.

Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said Martin might have an underlying issue he needed to address.

"It seems for no reason at all, except being rotten drunk, you totally destroyed the interior of a holiday rental property causing $17,000 of damage to the place," he said.

"I heard, among other things, you hurled a coffee table over the balcony from four storeys up in the air.

"You're lucky you didn't hit someone down below because you could have killed someone."

No convictions were recorded.