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Man faces court for assaulting cop, headbutting vehicle

ABUSIVE: Geoffrey De Maine-Beale was violent towards police at Calliope.
ABUSIVE: Geoffrey De Maine-Beale was violent towards police at Calliope. Mike Richards

A MELLOW afternoon drinking quickly soured for Geoffrey De Maine-Beale when he wandered uninvited into Calliope Central Bowls Club with a beer.

Told to leave he refused, instead becoming abusive and drinking the beer.

Police were called and in the ensuring mayhem it took four officers to arrest him.

De Maine-Beale, 31, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to five offences: seriously assaulting a police officer on March 22, obstructing police, committing a public nuisance within licensed premises, taking liquor onto licensed premises, and driving under the influence.

Prosecutor Sen Const Sam Pyke said police were called to a disturbance in Calliope at 9.30pm but the offender had left.

"His yellow Landcruiser was located in the bowls club car park. It was unlocked, keys in the ignition and urine was covering the rear tyre," he said.

Snr Const Pyke said De Maine-Beale threw a beer bottle, showering glass over the police vehicle.

Witnesses told police he went into the club carrying a bottle of beer then swore when told to leave before downing its contents.

Sen Const Pyke said De Maine-Beale became agitated, yelling and swearing before violently slapping one officer and resisting police.

He pulled one officer to the ground, kicking and pushing the officers away, until four had subdued him.

He also headbutted a window of the police vehicle.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito blamed a mix of alcohol and medication that landed his client in court.

Magistrate Mark Morrow sentenced him to three months jail, immediately suspended for 12 months.

Topics:  alcohol, assault, court, gladstone, gladstone magistrates court, police




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