Heavy fines and immediate parole
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.