Man re­fuses to give of­fi­cers his full name

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A RAVENSHOE man who re­fused to give of­fi­cers his real name at the time of ar­rest faced three charges when he ap­peared in the Ma­reeba Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day.

The man, who is listed in court doc­u­ments as “Matthew of the Com­mon­wealth”, was charged on De­cem­ber 1 for one count each of pub­lic nui­sance, as­sault­ing or ob­struct­ing po­lice and breach­ing a di­rec­tion or re­quire­ment of po­lice.

The court heard that at the time of his ar­rest, he was asked his name but he re­fused.

Of­fi­cers ex­plained it was an of­fence to not pro­vide his name to po­lice but he chose to ig­nore them.

Even­tu­ally an­other of­fi­cer iden­ti­fied him as Matthew Alexan­der Vodopi­anoff.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Matthew Mitchell said that dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions the man had been drink­ing and a wit­ness saw him run­ning through a park­ing lot.

“He had been drink­ing at a li­censed venue in Ravenshoe. Staff told him to leave and ex­plained he could not drink on the foot­path,” he said.

“A wit­ness saw him, run­ning through a park­ing lot, across the road of the venue, yelling and scream­ing.

“When po­lice lo­cated him, he smelt of al­co­hol and was not forth­com­ing to the of­fi­cers.”

Sergeant Mitchell said it was ap­par­ent to the of­fi­cers he was un­der the in­flu­ence of a sub­stance.

“He was slur­ring his words and used his body force to stop him­self get­ting in the back of the po­lice ve­hi­cle,” he said.

“It re­sulted in the of­fi­cers hav­ing to phys­i­cally put him in the back of the ve­hi­cle.”

The self-rep­re­sented 41year-old said he had been drink­ing and what the wit­ness heard was him yelling at a speed­ing car.

“I was cross­ing the street, to­wards where the wit­ness would have seen me, and a car has come fly­ing up the street. It nearly hit me and I yelled at the driver to slow down,” he said.

“The driver was en­dan­ger­ing ev­ery­body else in that area.

“That would have been what the wit­ness heard. When po­lice picked me up, I was al­most out of town.”

Be­fore hand­ing down his sen­tence, Mag­is­trate Tom Braes asked him if he would be will­ing to do com­mu­nity service.

Vodopi­anoff replied that he was cur­rently look­ing for work in Ravenshoe and the Tablelands.

“I have been liv­ing with my un­cle. I had a few health prob­lems which pre­vented me from work­ing,” he said.

“I would like to get a job on a plan­ta­tion. I have a few fines which I need to pay off.”

Vodopi­anoff was sen­tenced to 40 hours of com­mu­nity service to be com­pleted in six months. He was fined $300 and con­vic­tions were recorded for the three of­fences.

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