Ex­tended prison term for con­duct in court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN­who breached the con­di­tions of his bail by con­tact­ing school girls on Face­book will now serve ex­tra time be­hind bars due to his con­duct in court.

Paul Malcom Henderson ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day via a tele­phone link-up from the Capri­cor­nia Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre where he is cur­rently in cus­tody.

Henderson pleaded guilty to three counts of breach­ing bail, one of pub­lic nui­sance, one of wil­ful dam­age and one of se­ri­ous as- sault, re­sult­ing from re­sist­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Re­becca Mc­Don­ald said from May 30, Henderson sent Face­book mes­sages to a 16-year-old fe­male stu­dent, re­quest­ing her phone num­ber and mak­ing com­ments of a sex­ual and dis­turb­ing na­ture. The court heard he con­tacted two fur­ther fe­males, also via Face­book and also with an ex­plicit sex­ual un­der­tone.

Henderson was pre­vi­ously sen­tenced to three years im­prison- ment in the Bowen District Court, with 18 months ac­tual time to serve. He was brought to the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court in cus­tody, to an­swer these fresh, breach of bail charges on Oc­to­ber 16.

Sgt Mc­Don­ald said while in court, Henderson be­came par­tic­u­larly up­set and ag­gres­sive and swore at the mag­is­trate whom he also at­tempted to throw doc­u­ments at. She said he smashed his right fist on a wooden and metal lectern, which was dam­aged as a re­sult.

Po­lice at­tempted to re­strain Henderson but he re­sisted vi­o­lently. Sgt Mc­Don­ald said it took four of­fi­cers to sub­due him, one of whom sus­tained an in­jury to his fin­ger dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said he re­mem­bered the day well and he in­tended that Henderson should serve “some­thing ex­tra” for his con­duct in court.

Henderson was sen­tenced to a fur­ther six months im­pris­on­ment with a pa­role el­i­gi­bil­ity date of March 2015.

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