Headbutt offender escapes conviction
A MAN who head butted a police officer has escaped conviction in Gayndah Magistrates Court.
Joshua Ortlipp, 20, had to pay the officer he assaulted $1500 in compensation and was placed on a good behaviour bond.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Pepe Gangemi said Ortlipp failed to leave a bar in Gayndah on December 31, 2015.
Ortlipp later returned to the bar and got into an altercation with people inside.
“He was removed by security... and police warned him he should stop this behaviour,” Sgt Gangemi said.
“He walked in again.... the defendant was then grabbed by Sergeant (Joshua) Ryan from behind and suggested he calm down.
“As he is being walked from the front of the hotel, he threw his head back, head butting Sgt Ryan.”
Sgt Gangemi said Ortlipp immediately apologised to Sgt Ryan.
“He was intoxicated and he has apologised your honour,” Sgt Gangemi said.
Ortlipp pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer, trespass and possession of a dangerous drug when he appeared in court last week.
Acting magistrate Andrew Hackett placed Ortlipp on an $800 good behaviour bond for all charges.
“Watch how you behave once you have had a few drinks,” Mr Hackett said.