Drunken abuse of police costs man $550

A POOR attitude cost Toowoomba man Benjamin Michael Noonan dearly when he appeared in the city's Magistrates Court.

Noonan, 23, pleaded guilty to a public nuisance offence arising from drunken abuse hurled at police outside a Cohoe St service station in the early hours of November 26.

Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Bill McKenzie told the court Noonan had taunted a police patrol by initially grabbing his crotch with his hand and thrusting his pelvis towards the officers while calling them derogatory names.

When approached by the officers, Noonan had repeatedly hurled expletives at them including very personal abuse at a policewoman, the words of which Snr Sgt McKenzie had declined to read aloud in the courtroom.

Noonan had then called the policewoman an "ugly ****" before he was arrested, the court heard.

An obviously unimpressed Magistrate Damian Carroll asked Noonan if he had anything to say for himself, to which the self-represented defendant replied "No".

Mr Carroll asked Snr Sgt McKenzie to write down the names of the police officers concerned and told Noonan to "be a man" and write a letter of apology to the officers.

"Is that a legal document?" Noonan replied, "Do I have to ..."

"You do as you're told and show some respect for authority," Mr Carroll berated him.

Remarking that Noonan had shown no remorse, Mr Carroll fined him $550.

However, taking into account Noonan's lack of previous offences, Mr Carroll ordered the conviction not be recorded.

Topics:  drunken abuse, police, toowoomba, toowoomba magistrates court



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