Suspended sen­tence for re­peat of­fend­ing

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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