Man kicks po­lice of­fi­cer and es­capes con­vic­tion

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A WHIT­SUN­DAY man who kicked a po­lice of­fi­cer in a drunken rage has been extremely lucky to avoid a jail sen­tence which would have pre­vented his soon-to-be wife from se­cur­ing a per­ma­nent visa.

In­stead, he was handed $3000 in fines and 80 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Po­lice found Ken­neth John Sanderson, 30, drunk and ar­gu­ing with a se­cu­rity guard out­side Paddy's Shenani­gans in Air­lie Beach around 9.50pm on May 13 when he be­came ag­gres­sive.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said that after Sanderson was told by po­lice to calm down be­cause he was too an­gry, he told one po­lice of­fi­cer “I’m not f ****** an­gry you c***”. After be­ing told he was un­der ar­rest, a scuf­fle en­sued in which Sanderson tensed his arms and re­fused to be car­ried away to the po­lice car. After more of­fi­cers ar­rived to as­sist, he was even­tu­ally taken to the back of a po­lice ve­hi­cle where he kicked a po­lice of­fi­cer in the arm dur­ing the ar­rest. Later at the watch­house he strug­gled dur­ing a search and po­lice used OC spray on him.

Plead­ing guilty to as­sault­ing and ob­struct­ing po­lice while in­tox­i­cated and public nui­sance, Proser­pine Mag­is­trates Court heard on Mon­day how Sanderson was soon to be mar­ried and that any con­vic­tions against him would likely pre­vent his en­gaged part­ner from ob­tain­ing a green card.

In sen­tenc­ing, mag­is­trate Ron Muir­head said Sanderson had been in court be­fore for sim­i­lar in­ci­dents and only had him­self to blame.

“If you want to get drunk and be­have like that, you’ve got to ac­cept what­ever con­se­quences fol­low from your ac­tions,” he said.

How­ever Mr Muir­head also ad­mit­ted it had been seven years since Sanderson’s last of­fence and that a con­vic­tion would cause an even greater pun­ish­ment.

Ad­mit­ting he was “stretch­ing the laws to the limit”, Mr Muir­head ordered no con­vic­tions be recorded.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.