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A FAR North croc­o­dile at­tack vic­tim who went on a “meth binge” with the pro­ceeds of a television in­ter­view has apol­o­gised for at­tack­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and steal­ing a car.

In a bizarre vide­olink ap­pear­ance in the In­n­is­fail Mag­is­trates Court, Lee de Paauw, 18, showed off his “eight­pack” abs and pages of song lyrics to the mag­is­trate af­ter plead­ing guilty to a drug-in­duced crime spree ear­lier this month.

Weeks af­ter he gained in­ter­na­tional fame for jump­ing in the John­stone River to im­press a girl be­fore be­ing at­tacked by a croc, de Paauw tried to steal a car in a main In­n­is­fail street on June 4, then at­tacked the off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer who tried to stop him.

He later at­tacked a sec­ond of­fi­cer while in the watch house.

He was re­leased on a sus­pended sen­tence by Mag­is­trate Cathy McLen­nan af­ter spend­ing 16 days be­hind bars and of­fered an apol­ogy while vow­ing to clean up his act.

“I prom­ise you, I’m go­ing to do it,” he said.

“I want to apol­o­gise to my grand­mother for hav­ing drugs and uten­sils at her house, and to the of­fi­cer for as­sault­ing him, I was very (ex­ple­tive) up, I had no rea­son to as­sault him, he was very nice and I apol­o­gise deeply for that.”

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