Violent resistance and two hospitals
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.