Se­ri­ous as­sault on po­lice

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who pleaded guilty to a charge of se­ri­ous as­sault told his so­lic­i­tor he was “ap­palled and dis­gusted” at the way he be­haved.

Luke David­son was in court on Mon­day and also charged with com­mit­ting a pub­lic nu­siance of­fence, con­tra­ven­ing a po­lice di­rec­tion and ob­struct­ing po­lice.

At 11.43pm on June 7, po­lice saw David­son stand­ing in the en­trance to Paddy’s Shenani­gans, Air­lie Beach, smok­ing a cig­a­rette. He was asked to move away from the door but re­fused ag­gres­sively and with foul lan­guage. He re­fused to state his name to po­lice and vi­o­lently re­sisted ar­rest. As po­lice tried to place him in their ve­hi­cle, he kicked one of the con­sta­bles in the head twice. The of­fi­cer suf­fered sore­ness to his head, neck and shoul­ders but no med­i­cal at­ten­tion was re­quired.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade said the 21-year-old did not go out of­ten. She said that on the night in ques­tion he had been drink­ing beer, then switched to Jim Beam and did not re­mem­ber much af­ter that.

Mag­is­trate Ron Muir­head said David­son’s be­hav­iour was “dis­grace­ful”.

For the as­sault charge, he was sen­tenced to two months im­pris­on­ment and or­dered to pay $1000 in com­pen­sa­tion costs.

For the other charges he re­ceived fines to­talling $1550. He was granted im­me­di­ate pa­role.

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