Gavel used in court. Photo contributed.
Gavel used in court. Photo contributed. Contributed

‘You’re not going to charge me are you babe?’

A MAN was lucky to avoid jail after pleading guilty to obstructing police in the Propserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.

The court heard that the man and his partner got into a drunken argument in a cabin in Jubilee Pocket around 7.12pm on April 18.

Police attended the scene and asked the man to step outside.

They found the woman had a substantial injury to her face and that both of them were affected by liquor.

Police Prosecutor Kevin Cormont reported the man was unco-operative throughout the entire incident. When police asked for his name, the man told them his partner would not have him charged regardless of what he said.

"You're not going to charge me are you babe?" he yelled.

Mr Cormont said he continued to be argumentative with police and was described as putting on a "nonsensical charade".

Police warned him to move further away so they could discuss the incident but he kept refusing and was eventually arrested.

Mr Cormont said "we have police officers there to investigate serious domestic violence and he has deliberately tried to sway the investigation of the police by yelling over the top to the aggrieved".

"The penalty must reflect the personal deterrence against this person and also to the general community," he said.

Magistrate Simon Young was not impressed after having previously been told why the couple had been drinking.

"You told me last time Mr ****. They were out celebrating the day I didn't send him to jail," Mr Young said.

"This type of behaviour is poor; you haven't taken these matters to heart."

The man was sentenced to one month's imprisonment and had three months of a previous suspended sentence activated.

He was given an immediate parole release with time to be served concurrently.

"Those changes you keep telling me about, you're going to have to make good on them," Mr Young warned.


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