Public nuisance is jailed

A 23-YEAR-OLD Gladstone man was sentenced to six weeks jail yesterday after appearing in Gladstone Magistrate Court with 15 charges and a breach of his probation. Aaron Joseph Brooker, who pleaded guilty to all charges, was described by Magistrate Russell Warfield as the type of man to whom, “the term public nuisance fits perfectly”.

Two counts of committing public nuisance were included in Brooker’s charges, as well as two counts of wilful damage of police property, two counts of trespassing and three counts of assaulting or obstructing a police officer.

One incident saw Brooker getting out of a queued vehicle at Gladstone McDonald’s, in order to abuse the staff and then attempt to reach into the drive-through window. Prosecutor Mick O’Rourke said Brooker then spat on the window.

Brooker was also made to repay the costs associated with repair of a police vehicle he damaged during an arrest late last year. After police were forced to restrain an intoxicated, abusive and struggling Brooker against the boot of a police vehicle, Brooker head-butted the boot three to four times, damaging the vehicle with a series of dents.

On a different occasion, Brooker also head-butted the window of a police vehicle several times in an attempt to smash the glass and escape. The sentence was a last resort for Mr Warfield as Brooker had attended anger and alcohol management courses at the court’s request in the past.

“A public nuisance is exactly what you are and have been over the past 12 months,” Mr Warfield said.

“The public should be able to go about their business without having to witness this sort of behaviour.”



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