Man refuses to give officers his full name
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.