Man sent to jail for 21st offence

A 20-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced to actual prison time for his 21st public nuisance and assault police offence.

Police were called to a disturbance at the Ipswich Railway Station in Bell St on May 8 about 10.45pm to find Shannon James Sandy with two other men.

Officers followed them towards the car park and Sandy became abusive, telling police to "get a real job" and "I should hook you".

As Sandy prepared for a fight, police told him he was under arrest but Sandy continued to yell abuse and started smashing a window in the police car.

Witnesses told officers Sandy, who was on parole for another offence, had tried to fight them after he asked for a cigarette and was refused.

Sandy was released on bail on the condition he stay away from the Ipswich CBD, but the next day, on May 9, Safe City monitors found him back at Bell St.

He was arrested and transported to the watch house and his parole was cancelled as a consequence of the offence.

Defence lawyer Vincent Knox said Sandy had not actually assaulted police because he had not actually touched any officers.

Mr Knox said Sandy had learned from his behaviour, was extremely remorseful and would now be at the mercy of the parole board.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Sandy essentially could not help himself, committing offences of a like nature while being on bail or parole for them.

Ms Sturgess said "you were given bail on that night and the next night you were picked up where you shouldn't have been".

"You keep committing the same offences and (the same) offences on parole," she said.

Sandy pleaded guilty to public nuisance, assault or obstructing police and breaching a bail condition.

He was sentenced to six months prison and will be eligible to apply for parole on July 30.



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