Jail time for strange behaviour

A MAN who urinated on a phone box, tried to kiss a male security guard and abused hospital and supermarket staff has been handed a jail sentence.

Paul Michael Williams, 52, of Bundaberg, caused a ruckus at Bundaberg Hospital's emergency department on September 20 when he began abusing staff, telling them he needed penicillin.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Williams was yelling and swearing at staff and was escorted outside, where he then urinated on a phone box.

Days later on September 26, police were called to a service station at 2.20am and found Williams screaming at an employee to let him inside.

"The employee said she heard the defendant yelling words such as f**k so she locked the door," Sgt Stevens said.

He said Williams was bashing the service station window with a torch. About nine hours later, Williams became abusive towards a Coles employee and tried to take cigarettes from a woman's handbag at Hinkler Central shopping centre.

"He was escorted out of the centre and ran his hand though the hair of a child sitting on an amusement ride and attempted to kiss the male security guard," Sgt Stevens said.

As the prosecutor read out the facts, Williams laughed at his antics.

Queensland Corrective Services probation and parole officer Greg McMahon said Williams's actions breached a probation order and recommended he be resentenced.

"I have found some of his behaviour quite disturbing in relation to our female officers," Mr McMahon said.

"Some officers have taken extreme umbrage with the way he has behaved with some staff."

Even lawyer Matt Messenger said his client's behaviour was "quite odd" and that he "lacked insight".

Mr Messenger said Williams, who pleaded guilty to wilful damage and three charges of being a public nuisance, struggled with alcohol abuse.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts resentenced Williams to one month in jail, wholly suspended, for each of the charges that he was on probation for.

He was also sentenced to three months jail, wholly suspended, for the fresh offences.



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