CROC BITE GUY IN COURT
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.”