Looking for fight, finds jail

IT WOULD seem Jody William Beutel was out for a fight.

Police prosecutor Mick O'Rourke said he'd armed himself with a knife before he left his home. His son was also armed with a small wooden paling.

The pair was on Barney St when two unknown men walked towards them.

Sergeant O'Rourke told the court Beutel spoke to the men in a sarcastic tone. "Have a good night," Beutel said. They allegedly replied "Yeah, mate" and kept walking.

The defendant and his son started to scream loudly. Then Beutel pulled a knife from his backpack.

The two men ran away. One lost his shoe in the chase. Beutel's son then set the shoe on fire with a cigarette lighter.

Beutel also threw a punch meant for one of the men. But it connected with a cop's head. He was intoxicated.

Beutel pled guilty yesterday in the Gladstone Magistrates Court.

He was given a suspended three-month prison sentence and placed on 18-month's probation.



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