Man swears at mag­is­trate af­ter prison terms im­posed

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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