Rockingham: man who hurled verbal abuse at partner and assaulted police officer sentences to 18-month community based order

AN intoxicated man who insinuated his partner could only get police to her defence because of her genitalia and because she had a child was put on an 18-month community based order.

The 27-year-old man pleaded guilty to assaulting a public officer, breach of a police order and obstructing public officers at Rockingham Magistrates Court on November 17.

The prosecutor said the man was served with a police order on October 13, ordering him not to communicate or be near the protected person.

He said the man was near the victim’s house when police were called.

As police were trying to move him on he yelled out to the victim “thank you for that slut”, and “it’s because you have a vagina and kid”.

With those words police grabbed him to place him in the police van, but he attempted to break free before grabbing the female officer’s wrist and squeezing it hard so she could not break free.

Another officer used force to get him off the female officer and placed him in the police van.

The man then kicked out at the male officer, striking him in the face and nose, causing pain and swelling.

Representing himself, the accused accepted the facts.

He said he was due to start shift work in Boddington as an excavator operator.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins was visibly disgusted by the man’s behaviour.

“To say they are disturbing is an understatement,” she said.

“You abused a lady who is entitled to protection.

“It is purely luck that you are not facing a mandatory prison term after your assaults on the police who were just doing their jobs.

“I take a very dim view of your behaviour.”

She placed him on an 18-month Community Based Order with alcohol programs.

When asked if he had any questions, the man asked if the order would “fit in” with his work roster.

Magistrate Atkins replied: “you will comply with your order.”

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