18 months pro­ba­tion for man on 10 charges

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

COREY Richard Mul­hol­land will spend the next 18 months on pro­ba­tion af­ter plead­ing guilty to 10 charges in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

At 7.45pm on March 10, the 41-year-old boat de­tailer was stand­ing with his dog out­side a shop at the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre when two paramedics walked past.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said he tried to incite the dog to at­tack first the paramedics, then other mem­bers of the pub­lic.

By 9pm he had moved to Sch­nap­per Street where he was seen walk­ing up and down the road with his dog, shout­ing ob­scen­i­ties at ev­ery house. Ms Cas­sells said he tried to break into one of the houses but was spotted by a res­i­dent.

At 10.15pm po­lice ar­rived and ar­rested him. Ms Cas­sells said he was un­co­op­er­a­tive caus­ing them to use force. Dur­ing a pat-down search con­ducted at the time, a clip seal bag con­tain­ing a small amount of cannabis was found.

At 11.05pm, Mul­hol­land was in­side a hold­ing cell at the po­lice sta­tion where he picked a scab off the palm if his right hand caus­ing it to bleed. He then pressed his hand against the glass door wip­ing blood over it. The court heard he was sub­se­quently moved to a padded cell where he con­tin­ued to wipe blood over the walls.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade said Mul­hol­land was so in­tox­i­cated he couldn’t re­ally re­mem­ber what hap­pened. She said he had come to re­alise that drink­ing al­co­hol was some­thing he just could not do.

In court on Mon­day, Mul­hol­land went to speak but mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist stopped him.

“Don’t even try to ex­plain it – it’s not ex­plain­able, it’s not fath­omable, it’s in­sid­i­ous and it’s your prob­lem – no-one else’s,” he said.

Mr St­jern­qvist also warned him that for some people, pro­ba­tion was sim­ply tick­ing the last box be­fore a term of ac­tual im­pris­on­ment was im­posed.

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