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Sent to jail after attacking police

AN AIRLIE Beach man has been jailed for a vicious attack on a policeman last year.

Jayde Douglas Dickens, 29, appeared in Bowen District Court last Friday.

He will serve eight months for the attack which included hit, biting and spitting on the officer on September 2 last year.

Dickens was turfed out of an Airlie bar and police escorted him to a paddy wagon in handcuffs.

The court heard he hit a senior constable in the head with his elbow, bit him on the forearm and spat in his face, causing immense pain.

Dickens also told the officer he had "hep C".

Barrister Frank Richards said Dickens' troubles with authorities started after his parents divorced when he was 15 and he became addicted to a cocktail of drugs and alcohol.

He'd also been jailed in NSW for attacking police.

At the time of the attack Dickens had taken anti-depressant drugs diazepam and xanax and when combined with alcohol had left him in a white hot rage when his drinks were spilt.

Dickens was sentenced to two years jail for biting the policeman and another 18 moths for spitting on him.

However Judge Baulch ordered the time to be suspended after eight months.

He was convicted and got no further punishment for obstructing police and refusing to leave licensed premises.

Dickens will have three years' probation hanging over his head when he gets out.

Dickens had earlier pleaded guilty to the four charges - two of serious assault (biting and spitting on police) as well as failing to leave premises and obstructing police.


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