Prison term suspended for man
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.