Royal Hotel Gatton. Photo: Copyright ARM
Royal Hotel Gatton. Photo: Copyright ARM

Gatton man resists arrest, kicks officer in chest

A GATTON man has been slapped with a hefty fine after he bit a security guard before kicking a police officer in the chest more than four years ago.

Kenneth Thomson pleaded guilty in the Gatton Magistrates Court on Monday to three charges of assaulting a police officer, failing to leave a licensed premises and common assault, resulting from a serious altercation in 2016.

Police Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Al Windsor said police were called to a disturbance at the Royal Hotel on October 15, 2016, after Thomson had been asked to leave the venue.

The court was told Thomson, aged 29 at the time, refused to leave and was subsequently removed by security when he bit a guard in the beer garden and was restrained until police arrived.

At 1.15am police arrived at the scene and handcuffed Thomson who resisted arrest.

Senior Sergeant Windsor said Thomson kicked Constable James Harris of Gatton Police twice in the chest when he was being escorted to the police wagon.

The officer did not sustain injuries as he was wearing a police vest at the time.

Leah Scott from Legal Aid Queensland represented Thomson and said her client, now aged 33, spent most of his childhood being brought up in state care as a result of his abusive, alcoholic father.

Ms Scott said Thomson currently has stable employment and has reduced his alcohol consumption due to it poorly mixing with his prescription medications for schizophrenia.

Magistrate Graham Lee convicted and fined Thomson $1200, referred to SPER.

A conviction was recorded.



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