Police cop abuse in line of duty
IF YOU have an issue with the police, make a complaint at the station rather than taking matters into your own hands.
That is the message Hervey Bay magistrate Graeme Tatnell tried to drive home when a large number of people fronted court this week following run-ins with local police.
Michelle Renee Duke was charged with obstructing police for grabbing an officer’s shoulder outside a Hervey Bay nightclub on December 13.
Duke’s partner was being restrained by police when she intervened, Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard.
“I just want to say I’m really sorry to the police officers that night,” she said.
“It was really out of character ... I’m ashamed of myself.”
The 22-year-old was fined $250 and a conviction was not recorded.
Jory Michael Carney had to be restrained after he lunged at police with clenched fists on December 13.
He appeared in court charged with public nuisance, obstructing and assaulting police.
The officers had stopped outside the nightclub when they saw Carney acting aggressively toward a woman, “pushing her and using offensive language” prosecutor Jeanette Grigoris said.
“Whilst in a scuffle with police he kicked an officer in the leg.”
He was also making threats to police, saying “I’m going to kill you”, she said.
The police had to seek help from nightclub security staff.
Solicitor Justin Geldard said Carney was responding to the manner in which he was being restrained, which he said involved the officers standing on his back and throat.
Mr Tatnell told Carney he put himself and others in danger by drinking so much.
He fined the 22-year-old $750.
Daniel James Mahwinney also apologised for his actions after police broke up a fight he was involved in at that same location on New Year’s Day.
He appeared in court charged with public nuisance.
“I’d just like to apologise to the police for wasting their time I guess,” Mahwinney said.
He was fined $300 and a conviction was not recorded.