18 months probation for man on 10 charges
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.