Jail time for cop assault

A MAN with bipolar disorder who assaulted a police officer has been sent back to jail.

Casey Owen Ludcke, 29, faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Friday on charges of committing public nuisance, obstructing police and a serious assault on an officer.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court police were called to a disturbance shortly after 10pm on May 15 at a home on Quay St, where Ludcke became aggressive.

Sgt Stevens told the court Ludcke began threatening to bash officers “without reason or warning”, while swearing “loudly and abusively” towards them.

He was then arrested for being a public nuisance.

Sgt Stevens said as a result of his unco-operative behaviour, Ludcke was placed in the back of the police car.

“The defendant has kicked out violently, hitting the constable in the neck area,” Sgt Stevens said.

The court was told that once Ludcke was in the police car, he struck his head on the safety divider and also bashed the back passenger window with his head, making transport “impossible”.

Ludcke, who was on parole at the time of the offences, represented himself in court and admitted he suffered from bipolar disorder.

“On that night there was a drama at the house but it wasn't because of me, Your Honour,” he said.

“That day I had started new medication that caused me to go in and out – I wasn't aware it made me drowsy.

“I can't remember head-butting the perspex.”

He said he now had a professional psychiatrist to speak to and had done numerous courses during his time in prison.

“I'm truly sorry this stuff has happened,” he said from the dock.

Magistrate Mark Morrow acknowledged the man's previous history of assaults on police officers and said Ludcke was “lucky there was no serious injury” caused to the policeman, who had suffered “discomfort” but no other injuries.

He took into account Ludcke was on medication at the time but highlighted the seriousness of assaults on officers.

Ludcke was given six months imprisonment for assaulting the officer, which will start when he finishes his current term in jail.

He was also given one month each for the public nuisance and obstruct police charges, which will run concurrently with the new sentence.

Ludcke will be eligible for parole on September 8.

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