Man falls down stairs after footy fight

THE State of Origin grand final is supposed to be a night of Queensland pride, but it turned messy when a fight ended in a 63-year-old man falling down 15 flights of stairs.

The court heard Eden Lincoln Castle went to a man's neighbouring unit to watch the football, but a verbal argument broke out, waking a woman, in her 40s, who lived next door.

Castle went to the woman's apartment and ended up punching her before the man came over to intervene.

A fight between the men ensued with Castle punching and kicking his victim before he rolled down the stairs, exacerbating his pre-existing vertebrae fractures.

Yesterday Castle pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm in Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

Despite his lawyer claiming he didn't start the fight, magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist rejected this notion, telling Castle "your criminal history reeks of alcohol, I can smell it from here".

Taking into account the 85 days Castle had already served in custody, Mr Stjernqvist gave him 18 months imprisonment for each count with immediate parole.

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