‘F--k off’: Drunk father abuses police during domestic violence matter
A 38-YEAR-old father was sentenced in the Roma Magistrates Court for obstructing police after he told officers to “f--k off” when they turned up to his house for a domestic violence related matter.
Troy Michael Harland fronted court on October 28, and pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing police.
The court heard on October 10, Roma police officers attended an address in relation to domestic violence matter and while explaining documents to Harland, he became agitated and raised his arms at police and yelled “like f--k I’m going anywhere”.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court, Harland continued to yell, swear and speak over the top of police.
“Police attempted to put his hands behind his back and he continued to resist an arrest and then finally handcuffs were placed on him,” sergeant Whiting said.
Harland’s solicitor, L Reed told the court her client has a wife and three children.
“He states he had an argument with his wife and when police told him to leave, he refused and he was intoxicated,” Ms Reed said.
“He pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity and is remorseful for his actions.”
The lawyer asked Magistrate Peter Saggers to fine her client and to consider not recording the conviction as it could affect his future job prospects.
The Magistrate fined Harland $400 and the conviction was not recorded.
“I appreciate this was a difficult situation for you and you were obviously intoxicated at the time but you need to comply with police,” he said.