COURT: Magistrate blasts violent criminal for smiling

A violent criminal has been given a serve in Maryborough Magistrates Court.
A violent criminal has been given a serve in Maryborough Magistrates Court. Valerie Horton

'IT'S just a big joke to you."

Those were the words of Magistrate John Smith as he reprimanded a Maryborough Correctional Centre prisoner who sat smiling in the dock while being sentenced.

Mark Ludwig Schaufler appeared before Maryborough Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to the serious assault of a corrective services officer and the obstruction of a police officer in the performance of their duties.

The court heard Schaufler was a prisoner at Brisbane Correctional Centre when the assault on the guard happened.

Schaufler was being escorted by the officer when the assault started.

The court was told that Schaufler turned to the guard and told them he was doing "six f***ing years" and that he would "punch on with you dogs".

 He then punched the guard several times, including in the head.

The second charge resulted from an attempt to bring Schaufler to court after he had been moved to the Maryborough Correctional Centre.

Schaufler became agitated and refused to get into the police vehicle for his court date.

Once he was coaxed inside the car, he became verbally abusive.

Once they arrived at the court house, Schaufler put his body weight against the door and refused to go into the cell and he became increasingly confrontational.

The court heard Schaufler had been in the detention unit since the assault happened.

There was also some suggestion he had been provoked into the attack on the guard, with the officer allegedly saying "so you think you're tough".

But it was conceded that the alleged words of the guard had not warranted the assault.

While sentencing the man, Mr Smith accused Schaufler of having "a big smile to himself".

Mr Smith said Schaufler's behaviour could be construed as some type of "rebellion against authority".

He said physical action against guards would not be tolerated.

Mr Smith said Schaufler could be acting in a contemptuous manner toward the court of it could be just "nervousness".

Schaufler was sentenced to six months in jail for the assault and a concurrent sentence of two months for obstructing police.

A parole eligibility date was set down for December 10.

Topics:  court criminal magistrate

Young Maryborough criminal's future looks 'bleak'

Richard William Kraudalt's life has been labelled as "tragic".

International Space Station will be seen from Fraser Coast

This International Space Station photo was snapped from a Pt Vernon backyard.

Tonight is the night to see something out of this world.

Fraser Coast vacancy rates lowest they've been in a year

The latest figures reveal a drop in vacancy rates.

Local Partners

Blake Lively hosts 40th party for Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively throws husband Ryan Reynold's 40th birthday bash

What's on the big screen this week

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S latest superhero Doctor Strange makes his debut.

Trump 'worked like hell' to pick up John Travolta's wife

John Travolta and Kelly Preston

Trump wrote comments in tribute to Travolta's son Jett

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E11 - top three battle it out

The Bachelorette finalists, from left, Matty Johnson, Lee Elliott and Jake Ellis.

It's Matty, Lee or Jake. Who will Georgia choose?

Jake left broken-hearted by Bachelorette break-up

Jake Ellis is one of the final three bachelors on The Bachelorette.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and Matty J as her final two suitors.

MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange is out there in a good way

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S new superhero takes viewers along on his mind trip.

6 houses in Gympie under $200,000

$170, 000, 9 Norman St, Gympie

These Gympie houses are perfect for investors or first home-buyers

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?