‘You’re not go­ing to charge me are you babe?’

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN was lucky to avoid jail af­ter plead­ing guilty to ob­struct­ing po­lice in the Propser­pine Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day.

The court heard that the man and his part­ner got into a drunken ar­gu­ment in a cabin in Ju­bilee Pocket around 7.12pm on April 18.

Po­lice at­tended the scene and asked the man to step out­side.

They found the woman had a sub­stan­tial in­jury to her face and that both of them were af­fected by liquor.

Po­lice Prose­cu­tor Kevin Cor­mont re­ported the man was un­co­op­er­a­tive through­out the en­tire in­ci­dent. When po­lice asked for his name, the man told them his part­ner would not have him charged re­gard­less of what he said.

“You’re not go­ing to charge me are you babe?” he yelled.

Mr Cor­mont said he con­tin­ued to be ar­gu­men­ta­tive with po­lice and was de­scribed as putting on a “non­sen­si­cal cha­rade”.

Po­lice warned him to move fur­ther away so they could dis­cuss the in­ci­dent but he kept re­fus­ing and was even­tu­ally ar­rested.

Mr Cor­mont said “we have po­lice of­fi­cers there to in­ves­ti­gate se­ri­ous do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and he has de­lib­er­ately tried to sway the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the po­lice by yelling over the top to the ag­grieved”.

“The penalty must re­flect the per­sonal de­ter­rence against this per­son and also to the gen­eral com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young was not im­pressed af­ter hav­ing pre­vi­ously been told why the cou­ple had been drink­ing.

“You told me last time Mr ****. They were out cel­e­brat­ing the day I didn’t send him to jail,” Mr Young said.

“This type of be­hav­iour is poor; you haven’t taken these mat­ters to heart.”

The man was sen­tenced to one month’s im­pris­on­ment and had three months of a pre­vi­ous sus­pended sen­tence ac­ti­vated.

He was given an im­me­di­ate pa­role re­lease with time to be served con­cur­rently.

“Those changes you keep telling me about, you’re go­ing to have to make good on them,” Mr Young warned.

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