Vi­o­lent re­sis­tance and two hos­pi­tals

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS COURT -

ONE man’s vi­o­lent out­burst to­wards po­lice has re­sulted in four months prison, how­ever he was lucky to be im­me­di­ately paroled.

Paul Mal­colm Hen­der­son, 39, of Ju­bilee Pocket was at his home on Septem­ber 8, last year when his older brother be­came con­cerned that some­thing wasn’t quite right.

Prose­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger told the Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court Hen­der­son’s brother called po­lice about 8pm af­ter he be­came con­cerned for his brother’s wel­fare.

He said the brother told po­lice Hen­der­son was “threat­en­ing self-harm”.

Af­ter po­lice ar­rived, Hen­der­son said he was fine and “ev­ery­one else was ly­ing” and that po­lice should leave.

He then be­gan “grind­ing his teeth” and “clench­ing his fists” to­wards po­lice.

How­ever Hen­der­son re­fused to go with po­lice and would not move.

When po­lice tried to put his arms be­hind his back, Hen­der­son swung around and kicked one of the of­fi­cers. Af­ter po­lice hand­cuffed him, he con­tin­ued to strug­gle.

At Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal Hen­der­son re­fused to let the staff help him and be­came “very ag­gres­sive”.

He was later trans­ferred to Mackay Base Hos­pi­tal.

Hen­der­son pleaded guilty when he ap­peared in court this week but duty lawyer Cleo Re­wald said there were a num­ber of is­sues in­volved that were be­ing ad­dressed.

“Mr Hen­der­son is cur­rently sin­gle, and the carer for one of (his) older broth­ers af­ter a sig­nif­i­cant car ac­ci­dent,” she said.

“Fol­low­ing the death of his mother, things started to ap­pear dif­fer­ent. The death of his mother and watch­ing his mother slip away was some­thing he has strug­gled to cope with.”

Mag­is­trate Ron Muir­head ac­knowl­edged Hen­der­son’s record of crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.

“You’ve been sent to jail a num­ber of times for var­i­ous of­fences in­clud­ing as­sault­ing po­lice of­fi­cers and you are back with as­sault­ing po­lice,” he said.

“When any­one as­saults a po­lice of­fi­cer, they stand a very real chance of go­ing to prison.”

For as­sault­ing po­lice, Hen­der­son was sen­tenced to four months im­pris­on­ment and for ob­struct­ing po­lice he was sen­tenced to 14 days im­pris­on­ment with both sen­tences to be con­cur­rent with con­vic­tions recorded.

He was re­leased on im­me­di­ate pa­role.

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