Man fined for shoving officer

A MAN who shoved a police officer causing him to almost fall backwards off a second-storey verandah appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Thursday on one charge of assaulting a police officer and two counts of obstructing a police officer.

Clinton John Shane McGready pleaded guilty to the offences.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras told the court that at 8pm on July 24 police were called to a disturbance at a Tannum Sands address.

When police arrived the defendant was at the front door shouting that the cops were there.

He closed and locked the door before re-opening it.

He barred the way so police couldn’t get in and was yelling to people behind a closed bedroom door. Police moved the defendant to another room where he began yelling and shouting at police.

The defendant was very drunk and he shoved a police officer in the chest and shoulder causing the officer to fall backwards and almost stumble off the verandah. A struggle then ensued.

McGready, who defended himself, said he went to a party where an argument broke out and when police arrived he said he became protective of his brother and friends. In his defence he said he was sorry and his behaviour was stupid.

“I have now cut back on drinking,” the fisherman said.

Magistrate Mark Morrow fined McGready $800 and recorded a conviction.

Also in court for the same incident was Kylee Christine West-Holmes. West-Holmes pleaded guilty to two counts of obstructing a police officer and public nuisance.

Const Daubaras said when police arrived at the address they could hear a woman yelling and screaming.

She was abusive and screaming obscenities at police.

Police arrested her but she continued to be abusive and struggled, trying to pull away from police.

She had to be restrained several times and while police were putting another defendant in the car she climbed out and attempted to flee.

West-Holmes had a history of drinking-related offences.

The defendant, who represented herself, said she didn’t remember the incident and was too drunk.

Magistrate Mark Morrow fined her $600 and recorded convictions.

I have now cut back on drinking.



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