Mandurah: man who wrestled with police sentenced to community based order

Stock image.
Stock image.

A MAN who wrestled with a police officer while intoxicated appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.

Andries Jacobus Smit Grobler pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour in public and obstructing public officers.

Police prosecutor Constable Sean Discombe said Grobler charged towards officers in Smart Street Mall on May 20 at 1.53am.

Grobler then started to wrestle with a police officer.

Constable Discombe said officers were apprehending another offender at the time.

Police arrested Grobler but he continued to shout and swear at officers in public, refusing to stop.

Grobler, who represented himself, said he was released from prison on January 6 for unrelated offences.

“Every time I go out and I have drinks with mates something always happens,” he said.

Grobler said he did not know he was wrestling a police officer at the time because he was “pretty drunk”.

Magistrate Anne Longden said Grobler’s offences were serious matters that got out of control.

“When you’re drunk it gets you into trouble,” she said.

Ms Longden sentenced Grobler to a six-month community based order.

MORE: RSPCA WA appeals for information in relation to five disturbing unsolved animal cruelty cases

MORE: Former US cable news anchor broadcasts Perthonality John Kizon to 1.1 million fans live from Trump-Kim summit

MORE: WA Health professionals stealing and using opioids: CCC report