Jail threat to teen after attack

AN IPSWICH teenager assaulted three police officers and two security guards in a violent outburst after being caught trespassing.

Witnesses reported seeing three males putting graffiti on property at a Queensland Rail site on Brisbane Rd, Goodna on February 14 and called police.

Three officers approached Brandon Duanne Potter and spoke to him about the damage. Potter became abusive and screamed profanities.

Police tried to arrest him but he reacted violently and lashed out at security and police, punching and spitting at the guards.

He then kicked a female constable in the stomach with such force she collapsed and vomited repeatedly.

Potter pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to three counts of assaulting police, two counts of common assault, public nuisance, trespass and wilful damage.

Magistrate Michael Quinn said Potter's behaviour, especially the spitting, was foul, disgusting and cowardly.

"This is your eighth appearance before the court," Mr Quinn said.

"You are very close to being sent to prison.

"There seems to be a false idea in the community that if you continue to commit offences you won't be sentenced to prison."

Potter committed the latest offences three weeks after being convicted of stealing and fraud, the court heard.

Defence lawyer Alexis Oxley said Potter was only 19-years-old at the time and was extremely remorseful about his behaviour.

Ms Oxley said although Potter hadn't worked in 18 months he was hoping to gain employment as a forklift driver.

Potter was ordered to perform 160 hours of unpaid community service and pay $249 restitution for the damage done to the storage container for tools and equipment used in Ipswich Mwy upgrade.



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