Pepper spray used in assualt

A MAN who had to be pepper sprayed by police appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on a charge of assaulting a police officer.

Nathan Robert David Ezekiela pleaded guilty to the charge.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Reynolds told the court at 4.47am on July 18 police received a call about a woman screaming.

When police arrived Ezekiela had dragged the woman behind a tree and had her in a bear hug.

A police officer eventually broke Ezekiela's grip on the woman and pushed her out of the way.

The defendant then tried to fight the police officers.

Pepper spray had to be used and it took several officers to arrest him.

The defendant was drunk and had a lengthy criminal history. Ezekiela's parole was revoked and he was remanded in custody.

For the assault a police officer charge he was fined $300 with a conviction recorded.

Also a man who handed himself into police after a warrant was issued appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on five charges.

Snr Const Brad Reynolds told the court on June 27 police were called to Gladstone Hospital to deal with a patient who was abusive to nurses, drunk and dishevelled.

On the same day police entered Hassall's residence and smelt cannabis. Bucket bongs and a pipe were found. At 1.45pm on July 20 police executed a search warrant for Hassall's Barney Point address and found a bong, pipe, seeds, cannabis, scales and a cone.

They also found cannabis floating in the toilet which had been flushed. On August 5 Hassall failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued. On August 12 Hassall handed himself in to police.

Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said his client had alcohol problems.

“My client has discontinued his drug use and suffers from anxiety and depression,” Mr Krebs said.

Acting Magistrate Mark Morrow fined the unemployed Hassall $250 for failing to appear, $300 for the first possession charge, $300 for public nuisance and $400 for the second possession charge.



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