Head-butter in slammer
AFTER head-butting a police officer on Friday night, a NSW man will be reunited with his family for Christmas.
AJ David Martin, 27, flew with friends to the Whitsundays on October 6 to enjoy a weekend in Airlie Beach.
Instead, he served four days in custody.
Martin pleaded guilty on Monday to obstructing and assaulting police.
The violence unfolded shortly after 10pm on October 6, when Shed Bar security called police to the venue to remove another man causing a disturbance.
Shortly after being kicked out of the bar, the man returned to speak to Martin, and police arrested him.
Prosecutor Sheena Hayes said the man asked Martin not to leave him as police took him to the car.
“(Martin) stood in front of the police door preventing police from closing the door and from (the man) being secured,” she said.
“(Martin) was then warned to step away or be arrested, he refused and threatened the police.
“Once he was advised he was under arrest he became increasingly aggressive and was verbally threatening to assault police.”
The verbal exchange continued until Martin swiftly head-butted one of the police officers, with the impact knocking the officer back a meter.
Martin was then tasered, handcuffed and taken to the watchhouse.
The officer suffered no fractures from the attack.
Defence Lawyer Cleo Rewald said Martin had a fuzzy recollection of the attack.
“(Martin) has indicated to me he has extended his apology to the officer. He is willing to pay compensation,” she said.
Magistrate Simon Young said the court needed to condemn violence against police.
“The Airlie Beach Safe Night Precinct does unfortunately have some little history of interstate people flying in for a weekend away... they get highly intoxicated and commit acts of serious violence,” he said.
“In my recollection, there are some 15 incidents of significant violence involved with police in the Safe Night Precinct this year.”
Martin will serve two months of a nine-month prison sentence, to be suspended for 18 months.