A man has been convicted of resisting police after he refused to leave a Housing NSW property when he was evicted following the death of his partner.
Peter William Schafer, 52, of Cypress Street, had been caring for his sick partner at a house in Wentworth Lane but the lease was in her name and he was told to leave when she died.
Schafer was also convicted without further penalty for failing to appear in court to face the charges for resisting police and solicitor Ellen McCutcheon said Schafer was homeless at the time.
"His partner passed away the month previous to this, he had to vacate that public housing house he had been in," Ms McCutcheon.
"He believed he had more time to vacate the premises."
She said Schafer was now living at the back of a friend's house.
On November 23, department staff told Schafer to vacate the house as it was being boarded up but he refused.
The police arrived at 3.30pm to escort him out but he resisted them. He was taken to the ground and handcuffed, when he tried to re-enter the house he was arrested and taken to Orange Police Station.
Magistrate Alison Viney fined Schafer a total of $1000 for the two counts of resisting arrest.
She also placed him on two-year community correction orders for common assault, two counts of intimidation of his late-partner and another woman as well as resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, which also incurred a $550 fine.
The offenses took place on July 19, 2019, after he got into an argument with the other woman over a withdrawal from an online bank account.
During the argument Schafer pushed the woman while she was sitting on a couch and due to threats he made, the women fled to a neighbour's house.
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