'No worries, Your Honour': Man's bizarre guilty plea
"AS THE old song says, you can't beat the law mate."
Those were the words Bundaberg man Shane Bradley Ryle spoke to a magistrate last week, after he appeared in court for one count of obstructing police.
Ryle came into Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Friday morning and told Magistrate Belinda Merrin he wanted to plead guilty to the charge because that was all he could do.
"I don't know how I came to being charged with obstruct police when I was asked to leave and that's when the copper turned around and said 'Come back here, mate you're under arrest'," Ryle told Ms Merrin.
"I'm sure if you watched the video you'd understand where I was coming from, but there's nothing I can do so I'll just plead guilty to it, Your Honour.
"As the old song says, you can't beat the law mate."
After telling Ryle she did not know the song he was speaking of, Ms Merrin said he couldn't have things both ways.
"I don't accept anything you're saying," she said.
"If you plead guilty you accept the factual allegations.
"You can't stand there after you plead guilty and then tell me you didn't commit the offence."
In response, Ryle gave in, telling Ms Merrin "I can't argue with a copper, mate. I'm not going to win".
"I've got to plead guilty to it. I just want it over and done with."
The court heard police were called to investigate a domestic violence complaint at Gin Gin on April 11, when the charge against Ryle was laid.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Grant Klaassen said, about 12.25pm, Ryle had "turned belligerent and argumentative during the course of the investigation".
Officers warned Ryle to stop as he began walking away from police.
He was subsequently searched, escorted back to the police vehicle and arrested.
However, when police tried to put Ryle inside the vehicle, he stiffened his body, causing officers to have to use force.
Once they managed to successfully place him in the vehicle, Ryle obstructed officers again, this time sticking his leg out, forcing officers to use force in an effort to close the door.
The court heard Ryle committed a similar offence back in 2010.
When Ms Merrin asked whether the $450 fine should be referred to SPER, Ryle responded: "Perfect".
"No worries, Your Honour."
A conviction was recorded.