Family row ends in court

FOLLOWING a dispute, a man has swerved in front of his partner’s vehicle, which had children inside, in a bid to get her to stop.

The man pleaded guilty at Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday to assault or obstructing a police officer, dangerous operation of a vehicle, and driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle.

Police Prosecutor Acting Senior Constable Troy Daubaras said concerned motorists contacted police about 10.15am on February 24.

Acting Sen Const Daubaras said the man and his partner had a dispute at a Gladstone residence.

Following the argument, he said the woman left with the children.

Acting Sen Const Daubaras told the court the man decided to follow her on his motorcycle.

He said the man was swerving in front of the vehicle and then stopping abruptly to try to get her to pull over.

Acting Sen Const Daubaras said the man began tailgating her, driving alongside the vehicle and beating it with his hands.

He said the woman then pulled into a Calliope petrol station.

Acting Sen Const Daubaras told the court the woman spoke to police about what had been happening.

He said when police went to handcuff the man he said “no you’re not handcuffing me” and then kicked over a bin and walked away.

Acting Sen Const Daubaras told the court police managed to handcuff him with the help of a retired police officer nearby.

He also said the motorcycle was not registered and was therefore uninsured.

The man’s duty lawyer Brad Krebs, of Appleton Krebs Lawyers, said his client wanted his partner to stop so they could talk the issue over.

Magistrate Mark Morrow fined the man $600, disqualified him from holding or obtaining a licence for nine months and sentenced him to four months imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

A conviction was recorded.



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