Big fine af­ter big night out turns nasty

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Pierra Wil­lix

A man who threat­ened po­lice off- icers, paramedics, hos­pi­tal staff and mem­bers of the pub­lic on a night out last year has been fined $ 3000 and or­dered to pay $ 107.50 in court costs.

Ron­ald James Walker, 40, ap­peared in the Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trate’s Court last Fri­day to be sen­tenced for three charges: be­ing armed in a way that may cause fear; dis­or­derly be­hav­iour in a po­lice sta­tion or lock- up; and dis­or­derly be­hav­iour in pub­lic.

The court was told about 8.30pm on Novem­ber 1, Walker was at The Swing­ing Pig in Rock­ing­ham with his 17- year- old son and both were re­moved by se­cu­rity staff af­ter Walker be­came ag­gres­sive.

Once out­side, his son be­gan throw­ing punches at the se­cu­rity guards, and Walker started to do the same.

The court was told Walker ran to the nearby Red Rooster and came back with a tim­ber pole, rais­ing it above his head and try­ing to hit staff with it.

A vic­tim wait­ing in line to get into the venue was ap­proached by Walker’s son and struck sev­eral times in the face, the court heard.

Later that night, about 8.50pm, St John Am­bu­lance paramedics ar­rived at Walker’s home in Waikiki af­ter re­ports his son had been as­saulted.

Po­lice at­tended the prop­erty soon af­ter­wards, af­ter Walker had tried to force him­self into the am­bu­lance.

Walker’s son was taken to Rock­ing­ham Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal by am­bu­lance, but af­ter Walker ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal, he be­gan swear­ing at hos­pi­tal staff and was ar­rested.

While in a cell, po­lice said he was ob­served spit­ting and shouted racist taunts at a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, Mag­is­trate Leanne Atkins asked Walker if he had a prob­lem with al­co­hol and la­belled his be­hav­iour on the night “dis­gust­ing”.

Walker ac­knowl­edged his be­hav­iour was un­ac­cept­able and said the night had “blown out of pro­por­tion”.

He said he had apol­o­gised to the po­lice of­fi­cer for the racist re­marks, which were “not needed”. “I’m not proud of the night . . . I car­ried on like a fool,” he said.

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