Man swears at magistrate after prison terms imposed
A MAN who will spend the next threeand-a-half months behind bars, swore at Proserpine magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist after his prison terms were imposed.
Peter John Burns appeared in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday via a telephone link from the Capricornia Correctional Centre where he is currently in custody.
Burns pleaded guilty to two breaches of bail conditions, four contraventions of a domestic violence order (DVO), one charge of wilful damage, one of wilful damage to police property and one of going armed so as to cause fear.
In court on Monday, Burns read a prepared statement over the telephone.
Breaking down in tears, he begged Mr Stjernqvist to consider imposing a sus- pended sentence. But Mr Stjernqvist said Burns was a person who had continually proved that he would not be told what to do, exhibiting “disdain for the whole process – for anything to do with authority” and a total disregard for the orders that were made.
“The only appropriate sentence is a period of imprisonment,” Mr Stjernqvist said.
Burns was sentenced to a total of nine months behind bars, to be suspended for 27 months after serving three months and 14 days actual time.
When the sentence was handed down Burns said thanks – followed by a fourletter abusive term.
It is not yet known if he will be further charged with contempt of court.