Jail sentence suspended
A MAN who fought with police to avoid being taken to the watch-house has been warned: re-offend and you’ll be in jail.
Shannon Troy Dynevor pleaded guilty to wilful damage of police property, two charges of obstructing police and failing to provide a breath sample.
Police Prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras told the court police pulled over a vehicle driven by the defendant on Auckland Street at 5am on January 25.
“He told police he had no driver’s licence and had never had one,” Const Daubaras said.
When asked to accompany police to the station, a struggle ensued.
“The defendant started kicking and punching the car window, which popped out” Const Daubaras said.
A van was called and arrived shortly, and the officers shifted the defendant, after deploying capsicum spray.
He was taken to the station, where he failed to supply a breath test.
Barrister David Murray told the court his client suffered from “schizophrenia and paranoia”.
“He was not on treatment at the time of the incident,” Mr Murray said.
Mr Dynevor had a suspended sentence hanging over his head, which had two months to run at the time of the offence.
Magistrate Damian Carroll said the defendant’s criminal history was “not impressive”.
A two-month prison sentence, wholly suspended, was handed down, and 10 months disqualification from driving coupled with a $300 fine.
“If you offend in the next 18 months, you’ll go to jail for two months,” the magistrate said.