GUILTY: A man was charged with wilful damage of police property after headbutting a police car.
GUILTY: A man was charged with wilful damage of police property after headbutting a police car. Max Fleet BUN090315POL4

Man to pay $1500 after headbutting police car

AFTER a full day of drinking on New Year's Eve, Brendan Robert Varley says he cannot remember the moment he slammed his head into a police car so hard it caused a dent.

Police were conducting a pat-down search of Varley, 29, on the last day of 2018 when he started headbutting the car on Ellwood Ave in Warwick.

At Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday, Varley pleaded guilty to one count of wilful damage of police property.

Lawyer Clare Hine told the court Varley, who has three children and works as a tree lopper in Brisbane, had travelled to Warwick to visit relatives.

But he had drunk a "great deal” and had an argument with his father and brother that upset him, Mrs Hine said.

"He does have a history of wilful damage but it's fairly dated,” Mrs Hine said.

Mrs Hine said New Year's Eve was set to be Varley's last day of drinking as he was planning to start a new medication on New Year's Day.

The court heard Varley had been in police custody since January 5 and had been undergoing drug and alcohol counselling.

Mrs Hine suggested Magistrate Bevan Manthey deal with the matter through a fine.

Considering Varley had spent more than a month in custody, Mr Manthey agreed.

Varley was ordered to pay a $500 and $1001 restitution for damage to the vehicle.


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