Man who kicked policewoman cops $1400 fine and walks free

A MAN who kicked a police officer and called her an "angry bitch" while carrying a knife in the Maryborough CBD has walked free with a $1400 fine.

Stewart Travis Kruger, 33, represented himself in Maryborough Magistrates Court.

The court heard the Walligan man was wandering outside the Aussie Hotel about 3.10am on June 30, when police spotted him wearing a towel wrapped around his head.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said Kruger, who was intoxicated, hid in bushes when the police officers tried to approach him.

He said the officers were concerned for Kruger's safety because of rips on his clothes and what appeared to be bloodstains on his shirt.

Sgt Quirk said Kruger verbally abused the two female officers, including mimicking them, swearing at them and insulting them.

He said the officers handcuffed Kruger when he became increasingly agitated and tried to approach both the officers and their car, despite directions not to do so.

Kruger kicked one officer in the leg during a struggle to put him in the police car.

Other officers called to the scene found a 12cm cutthroat razor blade in Kruger's pocket.

Sgt Quirk told the court that when Kruger was released from the police watchhouse, he said he should just slash the police officers next time.

Kruger denied making the comment.

He told the court he had not left home with the blade and must have picked it up during the night.

Kruger said he was not the type of person to use a blade but must have picked it up because he had always wanted a cut-throat razor.

He pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer, committing a public nuisance and possessing a knife in a public place.

"Your behaviour on the 30th was really disgusting for an adult," Magistrate John Smith told Kruger.

Mr Smith fined Kruger $450 each for public nuisance and obstructing a police officer and $500 for possessing a knife in public.



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