Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Police Crash a Party; Neighbours Call the Cops over 'Celebratory Noise' at Eighth Birthday

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Police Crash a Party; Neighbours Call the Cops over 'Celebratory Noise' at Eighth Birthday

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Byline: Ross Irby

AN Ipswich dad says he was only chopping up sausages with a knife and not doing anything illegal when police unexpectedly dropped by his home and found him in the kitchen with a knife.

He was preparing for his son's celebratory birthday dinner.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard the four police had apparently been called by neighbours who heard noise coming from the Brassall home and feared something was wrong.

"I was cutting up sausages, it was my son's eighth birthday and I baked him a cake," David Hall said through his lawyer Trevor Hoskin.

"The noise was celebratory."

David Charles Patrick Hall, 42, from Brassall appeared before Magistrate Andy Cridland on charges alleging he assaulted a police officer on June 23; and obstructed a police officer on June 24.

At the start of proceedings Hall pleaded guilty to both offences but then there was a legal back-flip to his plea on the second offence.

Prosecutor Sergeant Matt Donnelly said police were first called to the home at 8.40pm on June 23 about a disturbance.

A woman inside was seen to hide a pipe and Hall had been agitated and seemed intoxicated.

Sgt Donnelly said Hall became belligerent toward the officers, was animated and swearing loudly.

He raised his hand toward an officer and when told "Don't", Hall said "I will do more than that mate" and raised his arm again.

Sgt Donnelly said Hall was grabbed and put in the police car, telling police that when he was released "he would find the officers and kill them".

The next day at 6.30pm, police were called to the same house by a 000 call, the caller saying there was a loud disturbance and kids screaming. Sgt Donnelly said police heard aggressive yelling and entered the house through an open garage.

A male in a hallway directed police to the kitchen and they saw Hall with a 15cm knife in his right hand. …

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