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Knife found after police assault

JACOB LEE Stagg should have stayed at home after an argument with his partner but instead went out drinking and assaulted a police officer.

The Rockhampton father-of-three pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week to multiple offences, including one count of assaulting police and one count of possessing a knife in a public place.

The court heard the 30-year-old was heavily intoxicated at the Zodiac Nightclub on July 19 last year after having an argument with his partner about paying rent for their Mt Morgan property.

Police Prosecutor Manon Barwick told the court Stagg's offending begun at 3.45am when he tried to push other patrons.

"He was forcefully removed after attempting to push other patrons in the nightclub," Ms Barwick said.

"After being removed he entered the premises again through the side door and violently pushed a security guard in the chest twice with both arms.

"He was placed in handcuffs by police while police conducted a search.

"He then grabbed an officer's hand and refused to let go, despite the officer telling him to let go of her.

"He then started to swivel his body to try and escape custody."

The court heard Stagg had a knife on him.

"Police located a black multi-tool with a 10cm blade," Ms Barwick said.

She said when police questioned him about the knife he told them it was a tool.

When police tried to place him in the police vehicle he repeatedly struck officers with his feet, one connecting with an officer in the abdominal area and right hand."

Defence lawyer Pierre Lammersdorf told the court he was on his way home from the nightclub earlier in the night, but ran into a work mate and started doing shots.

"He doesn't really remember the night as he was very intoxicated," Mr Lammersdorf said.

Stagg had previous history of assaulting police officers.

Magistrate Cameron Press warned him to clean up his act.

"If you come back before this court you are going to need to bring your toothbrush because you'll be going away for a long time," Magistrate Press said.

Stagg was fined $1200, ordered to 12 months' probation and was sentenced to six months imprisonment but immediately released on parole.

He is on a good behaviour bond for the next two years.

Convictions were recorded.



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