A 63-YEAR-old man will spend his jail sentence in the community after he was convicted of shoplifting and threatening a police officer.
David Anthony Michael Spicer, of Lords Place, faced Orange Local Court on Wednesday following an incident on August 12.
Police were called to Westpac following reports a man was trying to access an ATM with a knife.
Officers arrived just after midday and found a fishing knife in his pocket.
They also searched his bags, which contained two shirts from Connor, but Spicer could only produce a receipt for one of them.
That sort of intimidation was foolish but it did have an impact on that officer.Magistrate Elizabeth Ellis
Police believed Spicer was under the influence of drugs or alcohol given hr was unsteady on his feet and slurring his speech.
Officers accompanied Spicer to the menswear store where it was confirmed only one shirt was paid for.
But when he was told to move on, he became abusive, saying "you'll be gone son, you'll be going to Norman Penhall's son, I should've stuck that knife in your guts when I first saw you".
He told community corrections he had double-dosed on his diabetes medication that day, but the report also noted benzodiazepine use, which is commonly used to treat insomnia and anxiety but can cause aggression.
Solicitor Jo Collings said her client had been able to stay off it after 2011 when he was jailed and had recently been reducing his intake.
"He slipped back into abusing benzodiazepine [in 2017]," she said.
"I'm not saying it's completely stopped, but he has made progress."
Magistrate Elizabeth Ellis handed down a 12-month intensive corrections order, including nine months abstaining from drugs and alcohol.
"That sort of intimidation was foolish but it did have an impact on that officer."
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