Jail for spit­ting on cops

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - CHLOE LYONS [email protected]­news.com.au

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer will have to un­dergo a year of dis­ease test­ing af­ter an ag­i­tated man, who was found in uni­ver­sity ac­com­mo­da­tion with a knife, spat on their face and eyes.

Lach­lan Tim­o­thy Mor­ris, 28, thought peo­ple were “out to get him” when he was found with a 40cm knife in the com­mon area of ac­com­mo­da­tion for Uni­ver­sity of the Sun­shine Coast stu­dents.

Se­cu­rity guards con­tained a heav­ily in­tox­i­cated Mor­ris – who had threat­ened to smash a res­i­dent with glass – while wait­ing for po­lice to ar­rive.

As Mor­ris (pic­tured) was be­ing fin­ger­printed at the watch­house, he launched his head for­ward and spat on two of­fi­cers. One was hit in the face and the other on their boot.

An ag­gres­sive and abu­sive Mor­ris was then placed in a padded cell.

Mor­ris pleaded guilty in Ma­roochy­dore Mag­is­trates Court to two counts each of se­ri­ous as­sault of po­lice and con­tra­vene a com­mu­nity based or­der and onecount of pos­ses­sion of a knife in a pub­lic place. The court heard the of­fi­cer who had their face spat on will have to be dis­ease tested reg­u­larly for 12 months, but tests so far had been neg­a­tive. Lawyer Chelsea Emery said her client was pre­pared to pay $500 to each vic­tim for com­pen­sa­tion and had apol­o­gised to the of­fi­cer whose face he spat on. She said Mor­ris suf­fered from men­tal health and sub­stance abuse is­sues and there was a “di­rect link be­tween his men­tal health and of­fend­ing”. Mag­is­trate Gra­ham Hil­lan sen­tenced Mor­ris to nine months’ im­pris­on­ment with pa­role re­lease in Jan­uary.

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