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‘She was wearing a mini-skirt’: Man tackled by detective defends behaviour

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 20/06/2019 Rebecca Masters


A Hungarian man who was tackled by a police detective after harassing a woman half his age on the Sunshine Coast has been fined $300.

Laszlo Fekete spoke to 9News outside court, saying the behaviour that landed him in the watch house two nights in a row was “normal” in Europe.

The 39-year-old was tackled by Sunshine Coast police boss Daren Edwards as he ran past a press conference, chased by the irate father of a 19-year-old woman who had accused him of harassing her.

a man wearing a red shirt: Laszlo Fekete speaks to 9News © 9News Laszlo Fekete speaks to 9News

“If someone were to hurt my daughter, I would react in same way but the man just overreacted, I just said to the girl ‘you’re a very pretty girl, would you like to have a coffee with me?’ and that’s how it started,” Mr Fekete told reporters.

“She didn’t look that young, she was wearing a mini-skirt so she wants attention.”

The sexist remark was countered by a reporter who said, “but in Australia that’s unacceptable behaviour towards women”.

“I know, I know, I apologise,” Mr Fekete said.

“If they feel I’m guilty, then of course I apologise. But in my case, in Europe, it’s happening every day. I (would) just tell them not to go to Europe because she’s a pretty girl so she will experience (it) every day.”

a couple of people that are standing in the street: Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards was forced to intervene when a man caused a ruckus outside the Maroochydore police precinct.

Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards was forced to intervene when a man caused a ruckus outside the Maroochydore police precinct.

Mr Fekete had just been released from the Maroochydore Watch House yesterday when he approached 19-year-old Charlotte Scells near the neighbouring police station.

He said the previous night he had been arrested for “talking to people”.

When asked if he had been talking to women he said, “I don’t know there’s too many women in my life”.

The divorced father-of-two from Hungary is in Australia on a student visa.

Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards told the TODAY Show this morning police would be speaking with the Home Affairs office.

“I would love to stay in this country so I don’t want to mess up my reputation,” Mr Fekete said.

“Beautiful country, everything fine except the police.”

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