Man on police obstruction charges
BEHAVING badly in the court-room came back to haunt Andrew Thomas Wells this week.
The 38-year-old was charged with obstructing police after putting up a fight in the Maryborough Magistrates Court on August 3.
Wells had been denied bail on stealing charges and was not going into custody quietly.
He struggled violently with police when they tried to handcuff him and had to be restrained by three police officers and a security guard.
He had already spat in the dock and threatened the prosecutor and he yelled obscenities as he was led out of the courtroom.
Wells was much quieter when he appeared in court yesterday to plead guilty to obstructing police.
He was already in custody after being sentenced to a jail term in the District Court for the stealing charges.
Solicitor Travis George agreed with the prosecutor’s submission that Wells should be sentenced to a short term of imprisonment for the offence.
“It’s accepted this is not a secure court and police do have a difficult job,” Mr George said.
Mr George said Wells had struggled with alcohol and drugs throughout his life and was angry and upset on the day in question.
Magistrate John Smith sentenced Wells to one month in jail, wholly suspended for 18 months.
“Playing up with police officers in the vicinity of the court is something the court won’t sanction,” Mr Smith said.
‘Playing up with police officers in court is something the court won’t sanction’