Head­butt of­fender es­capes con­vic­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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