Man jailed after assault

A MAN who drunkenly assaulted a woman after falling asleep on her porch and then attacked a policeman will face at least 13 months in jail.

On January 12, a George Street resident came home to find 55-year-old Allan Barrett had been sick and passed out on her veranda.

After repeatedly asking Barrett to leave, the woman managed to get him onto the lawn of her house.

But in an effort to get back up onto the veranda, Barrett punched the 41-year-old woman twice, injuring her lip and eye.

The woman called police, who arrested the man and took him to the Bundaberg watchhouse.

Bundaberg Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott said the man continued to lash out while in custody, as police tried to remove his shoes and socks.

“He kicked an officer in the groin,” Sgt Shapcott said.

The officer was later treated at Bundaberg Hospital for severe bruising to his groin.

Barrett faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday on charges of assault causing bodily harm, obstructing police, serious assault and public nuisance.

Defence counsel Simon Burgess said Barrett’s judgement was so impaired by alcohol he could not recall the events in question.

“He is going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in prison,” Mr Burgess said.

But Magistrate Jennifer Batts said imprisonment was the only option for Barrett, given his long history of offences in New South Wales and Queensland.

“Mr Barrett seems unlikely to turn around a life where he has been committing offences since 1972,” Magistrate Batts said.

She handed down a string of jail terms, totalling 18 months.

Barrett will be eligible for parole on February 13 next year.

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