Threats made against a police officer led to a man being given a 12-month jail sentence with a six-month non-parole period for intimidation.
Glen Hopton Dodds, 46, of Bert Whiteley Place, swore at and intimidated the senior constable.
According to police, officers went to the house at 5.11pm on September 30, where “numerous people were present” to arrest a woman on a warrent.
However, Dodds kept hindering police efforts by getting close to them when they were trying to arrest the woman and he threatened one of the officers.
Come on sarge, let me smash him.Glen Dodds
Police said he pointed at the senior constable then raised his fists and said, “come on, you can push a woman, have a go at me”.
Dodds then followed police while they were trying to put the woman in the back of the police vehicle and continued to try to get the senior constable to fight him and said to a sergeant “come on sarge, let me smash him”.
Due to his behaviour, Dodds was arrested and while at the police station he was quoted as saying to the senior constable, “you let me out of here, I’ll smash you,” and “open this door, I’ll f***ing hit you”.
Solicitor John Song said Dodds pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and he had been in custody since the offence on September 30.
“He’s been sentenced again to a term of custody since then,” Mr Song said.
“There’s some degree of insight for the offence before the court today.”
Magistrate David Day said the objective seriousness of the offence was about mid-range but because of his record of violence the intimidation required a custodial sentence.
However, he said the early guilty plea had to be taken into account.
Because Dodds was already in custody for another offence, Mr Day dated his jail sentence for intimidation to start on June 28, 2019, so he could be released on parole on December 27, 2019.
“It seems to me the [hinder offence] can be dealt with by a community-based sentence because I note he’s got a very short parole,” Mr Day said.
For hindering police attempts to arrest the woman he gave Dodds a two-year community correction order.
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