Man given jail sentence after abusing shoppers

VERBALLY abusing a group of strangers in the presence of a child ended in a prison sentence for Luke Matthew Andrews on Tuesday.

Andrews pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court.

An unimpressive criminal record left Magistrate Penelope Hay with no choice but to impose a two-month prison sentence, wholly suspended for 18 months.

The court heard that on January 11, Andrews approached a group of people at the Coles car park in Kin Kora, swearing profanities and making threats of violence.

The verbal abuse was so bad, police received several phone calls, and the shoppers were afraid to go to their cars because they feared Andrews would cause damage.

When police arrived, they observed Andrews was sweating profusely and slurring his words.

The 34-year-old defendant later admitted to police he had been drinking heavily and could not recall the events of the day.



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