Vi­o­lent strug­gle

Lo­cal man jailed for as­sault­ing our po­lice

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By CAROLYN ARCHER

A 33-YEAR-OLD Childers man who as­saulted three po­lice of­fi­cers as they tried to ar­rest him has pleaded guilty to a string of charges, in­clud­ing ob­struct­ing po­lice, as­sault­ing po­lice and con­tra­ven­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der.

In the Bund­aberg Mag­is­trates Court last week, po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Barry Stevens said the man, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, was at home with his part­ner and in­tox­i­cated on Au­gust 15 when he asked his part­ner for cash.

Sgt Stevens said when the ag­grieved re­fused, the de­fen­dant snatched her purse and took $15 be­fore punch­ing her, pick­ing her up and throw­ing her onto the floor.

The ag­grieved’s brother in­ter­vened and was as­saulted by the de­fen­dant as the ag­grieved fled to the Childers po­lice sta­tion.

Sgt Stevens said po­lice heard a woman bang­ing on the sta­tion door and yelling for help be­fore mak­ing their way to the ad­dress where they spoke with all par­ties.

Sgt Stevens said when the de­fen­dant found out he was go­ing to be ar­rested, he

at­tempted to flee and a “vi­o­lent strug­gle en­sued”.

While ly­ing on the ground, the de­fen­dant kicked out and stuck two of­fi­cers in the leg and dur­ing his ar­rest threw his head back, hit­ting the face of another of­fi­cer.

Sgt Stevens said the of­fi­cer re­ceived bruis­ing and swelling to his eye area.

Sgt Stevens de­tailed the de­fen­dant’s long his­tory of vi­o­lence and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents and asked mag­is­trate Aaron Simp­son to im­pose a sen­tence that taught the de­fen­dant “part­ners are not punch­ing bags and nei­ther are po­lice of­fi­cers”.

He said the de­fen­dant had been given nu­mer­ous chances “to get his act to­gether”.

In his client’s de­fence, lawyer Rian Dwyer said the de­fen­dant’s is­sues stemmed from his prob­lem with al­co­hol and his “toxic” re­la­tion­ship. He said the de­fen­dant turned to al­co­hol at the age of 13 after watch­ing his mother be sub­jected to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence at the hands of two for­mer part­ners.

Mr Simp­son sentenced the de­fen­dant to nine months jail, with a pa­role re­lease date of Novem­ber 15 this year.

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