Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Threats to Probation Officer

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Threats to Probation Officer

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Janessa Ekert

janessa.ekert@dailymercury.com.com

PETER Leslie Cook is in danger of spending more time in prison after pleading guilty to wilful damage and threatening to harm his probation officer.

The 40-year-old, who is wheelchair bound, should be learning to walk with a prosthesis.

However, he is already serving a jail term, with a parole release date of March 29, and is at risk of spending even more time in prison.

One of CookCOs legs was removed at Mackay Base Hospital on November 2 Co the result of a necrotising fasciitis infection (also known as flesh-eating bacteria).

Defence solicitor Antoinette Morton, of Morton Lawyers, said more time in jail could lessen his physical capability of getting a prosthetic leg. While incarcerated, Cook was limited in his ability to rehabilitate his leg, Ms Morton said.

He appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday via video link.

The court heard Cook was on probation when he threw a concrete brick, destroying the front entrance of the Mackay branch of the Queensland Corrective Service Probation and Parole on November 28 last year. …

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