Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Jail for Headbutting Policeman; Magistrate: Sentence Must Deter Others from Similar Bad Behaviour

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Jail for Headbutting Policeman; Magistrate: Sentence Must Deter Others from Similar Bad Behaviour

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Emily Blatchford

Reporter

HE'S 20 years old and had no criminal history but yesterday Christopher Dean Perkinson went to jail.

It took Magistrate Russell Warfield two weeks to decide on a sentence for the young man, who pleaded guilty to punching and headbutting a policeman in the face.

Yesterday Mr Warfield handed down his sentence in Gladstone Magistrates Court. The court heard how, on March 24, police were alerted to a fight between two men on Goondoon St. Both men, who were friends of Perkinson, were arrested.

During their arrest, Perkinson began yelling abuse at a female police officer, using what was described as C[pounds sterling]obscene and derogatory languageC[yen].

The policewoman immediately arrested him but Perkinson struggled so much Sergeant Allen Cook stepped in to assist.

During the process of being handcuffed, Perkinson asked Sgt Cook why he was being arrested.

When Sgt Cook went to answer, Perkinson managed to elbow him in the face, causing the officer to stumble back. …

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