Local man jailed for assaulting our police
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.