Suspended sentence for repeat offending
A REPEAT offender was jailed, in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday, for his persistent bad behaviour.
However, Carl John Matheson received the benefit of an immediately and wholly suspended sentence.
A three-month term of imprisonment will now hang over his head for the next 12 months.
Matheson was arrested and taken to the watch house on May 9..
Police had been called to a disturbance and were forced to present a taser when Matheson’s already aggressive behaviour escalated.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said there was a knife within arm’s reach of him at the time.
She also told the court that on April 21, Matheson had verbally abused a pregnant woman when her partner wasn’t home to go out drinking with him.
Ms Smith said he’d also racially abused the woman’s friend.
Earlier that month, on April 8, Matheson had committed a further offence the court was told.
Among the charges the 28year-old pleaded guilty to were counts of being a public nuisance, breaching a probation order, trespassing and obstructing police.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist read through Matheson’s criminal history, back to 2011, which included numerous public nuisance and wilful damage charges.
Duty solicitor Sherrie Meade conceded Matheson had a “serious problem with alcohol” and said all of his offending was related to drinking.
She said he was actively seeking help from ATODS.
On top of the suspended jail term, Matheson was convicted and fined $1320.