Assault perpetrator ridiculed

A MAN who punched a female police officer in the face was told to pull his head in and grow up by a magistrate yesterday.

Damien Lloyd Matthews, 34, faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court to apply for bail, but changed to a plea of guilty to have the charges of obstructing police, assault, and assaulting police dealt with immediately.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Matthews was charged with assault in June 2009 after punching a man in the face outside The Hungry Tum, Bourbong Street, at 2.20am.

Days later, two officers went to his home where an altercation began because “they knocked too loudly”.

A female officer removed her capsicum spray and warned Matthews to calm down but he knocked it from her hand. The officer punched Matthews in the face and he returned by punching her back.

Magistrate Zac Sarra told Matthews to stop accumulating offences on his “shocking history”.

“Spitting the dummy and punching people doesn't show your child you are responsible, it shows that her father is a dropkick,” Mr Sarra said.

Matthews was dealt with in the District Court for other matters after these offences occurred and Mr Messenger argued his client would most likely have been convicted and not further punished.

Matthews was sentenced to a total of four months' jail, suspended for 18 months.



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