Pri­son term suspended for man

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

A 43-YEAR-OLD Flame­tree man has one last chance to stay free af­ter re­ceiv­ing a wholly suspended pri­son term in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court.

On May 6 at 12.50am po­lice were called to the Phoenix Bar in Air­lie Beach where Corey Richard Mulholland was ar­gu­ing with se­cu­rity guards fol­low­ing his evic­tion from the club.

In court on Mon­day po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said wit­nesses had seen him punch a se­cu­rity guard in the face be­fore turn­ing his ag­gres­sion on po­lice

She said po­lice were forced to carry him to their ve­hi­cle and once back at the watch house he had to be trans­ferred to a padded cell.

The court was told Mulholland then made him­self vomit on the floor, smear­ing blood and vomit through­out the cell.

Ms Smith said he at­tempted to bite one of the con­sta­bles, kicked him on the right leg, called po­lice “fag­got dogs” and made threats to kill.

Duty lawyer Cleo Re­wald said Mulholland had been drink­ing since about 3pm and re­mem­bered very lit­tle about what had oc­curred.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist noted Mulholland was “deep into an 18 month pe­riod of pro­ba­tion” at the time and made spe­cial men­tion of the way he ad­dressed po­lice.

“You talk to po­lice in such glow­ing terms Mr Mulholland and this isn’t the first time,” he said.

“I think you have to pick up a book and try and learn some new words.”

Mr St­jern­qvist said the pre­vi­ous pro­ba­tion or­der had been made to as­sist Mulholland, who hav­ing just turned 43 ought to be able to help him­self.

He said that hav­ing largely com­plied with the or­der for a con­sid­er­able time, this was a “mon­u­men­tal fail” and an ex­am­ple of “de­plorable con­duct”.

Mulholland was sen­tenced to a to­tal of four months im­pris­on­ment, wholly and im­me­di­ately suspended for 12 months.

He was also or­dered to pay $200 resti­tu­tion and per­form 40 hours of un­paid com­mu­nity ser­vice.

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