Comments lead to prison term
A MOUNT JULIAN man who subjected a female police officer to what magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist described as “disgusting public humiliation” will spend the next two months behind bars.
Stefan Brook Derepas appeared in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday, charged with committing a public nuisance offence. The court heard that on February 14 at 11.50pm, police were conducting foot patrols of the Airlie CBD when they saw Derepas banging on the roof of a police car parked on the street. Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells said he yelled obscenities at police before walking away.
After initially refusing to provide ID and continuing to swear at police, Derepas was arrested.
According to Ms Cassells, he yelled further obscenities at a female police officer during his arrest. As well as making comments of a sexual nature he threatened to punch and headbutt her and slit her throat.
Ms Cassells said the 35year-old had a lengthy history of street offending and had served periods of time in custody as a result.
Defence solicitor Sherrie Meade conceded Derepas’ actions were “offensive and disrespectful” but she submitted there were mitigating circumstances and she asked magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist to take those into account. Mr Stjernqvist said Derepas’ history was littered with offences such as obstructing and assaulting police and wilfully damaging police property, stretching back to 1995.
He said in 2013, Derepas was sentenced to three and nine month prison terms in the Southport Magistrate’s Court, of which he served 92 days before being released on parole.
As for the offending of February 14, Mr Stjernqvist told Derepas he had subjected the female police officer to “repugnant, disgusting comments, designed entirely to humiliate, degrade and demean”.
Derepas was sentenced to five months imprisonment to be suspended for 15 months after serving two.
He has also been banned from all licensed premises in the Airlie Beach precinct for 12 months.