Man gets stint in jail after drunken rampage

HARLEY Schonhardt's drunken rampage in Calliope cost him six weeks in jail and $830.

Schonhardt drank 28 rum and cokes before headbutting and punching a patron, the District Court heard this week.

Crown Prosecutor Sam Bain said when fellow patrons tried to restrain Schonhardt he retaliated by punching and spitting blood.

Schonhardt then lunged at a police officer, forcing him to evade the attack.

When he was restrained he violently struggled and kicked an officer in the face, the court heard.

Tragically, the incident occurred on the fourth anniversary to the day that Schonhardt's brother took his own life, according to defence lawyer Bill McMillan.

He said his client had a criminal history of serious assault when intoxicated and started drinking to deal with his grief.

Mr McMillan said the event was a wake-up call and Schonhardt had immediately stopped drinking and sought counselling.

"He has realised at long last that alcohol and him don't mix, and that alcohol and violence don't mix," Mr McMillan said.

Judge Paul Smith said the problem was Schonhardt's history.

"It's clear to me that you've had a significant problem with alcohol ... and you have a temper-control problem when you drink," Mr Smith said.

He said while he was impressed the defendant had quit drinking, the charges were still serious.

Schonhardt was ordered to serve an 18-month prison sentence with parole after six weeks and pay compensation.

A conviction has been recorded.



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