Heavy fines and im­me­di­ate pa­role

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who drew blood from a po­lice of­fi­cer’s shin was sen­tenced to six weeks be­hind bars but granted im­me­di­ate pa­role.

David Wil­liam Robert Crowther ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day charged with two counts of as­sault­ing or ob­struct­ing po­lice, two counts of breach­ing bail and sin­gle charges of con­tra­ven­ing a po­lice di­rec­tion, com­mit­ting a pub­lic nui­sance of­fence, pos­sess­ing danger­ous drugs and pos­sess­ing drug-re­lated uten­sils or pipes.

At 2.45pm on Novem­ber 18, po­lice at­tended the Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal in re­sponse to 000 calls. Staff said Crowther had be­come en­raged af­ter be­ing in­formed that he would be trans­ferred to Mackay. On ar­riv­ing at the Mackay Base Hos­pi­tal, Crowther re­fused to walk into the ward, forc­ing po­lice to carry him. It was at this time that he al­legedly kicked back, strik­ing one of the con­sta­bles on the right shin.

Crowther was later given a direc­tive to at­tend the po­lice sta­tion within seven days with his ID par­tic­u­lars, which he sub­se­quently failed to do. When po­lice even­tu­ally caught up with him, he said he’d spent four days com­ing down from il­licit drugs and didn’t re­mem­ber what he’d been told.

At 4.40pm on Novem­ber 29, po­lice at­tended a Cannonvale ad­dress where a num­ber of oc­cu­pants, in­clud­ing Crowther were present. They con­ducted a search, find­ing a home­made wa­ter pipe and amounts of cannabis weigh­ing .7g, 3.4g and 22.6g.

For the as­sault, Crowther was sen­tenced to six weeks im­pris­on­ment and or­dered to pay $1000 in com­pen­sa­tion costs. For ob­struct­ing po­lice he was sen­tenced to seven days be­hind bars and for the re­main­ing charges he re­ceived fines to­talling $1900.

He was placed on im­me­di­ate pa­role.

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