‘… I’ll cut ya’: Young St George man threatens police
A 22-YEAR-old St George man was sentenced in court for 12 offences and currently owes the government more than $20,000 in unpaid SPER fines.
Jarara Oliver pleaded guilty in the St George Magistrates Court on Tuesday, September 22 for a span of offences including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, drive uninsured vehicle, driving without a licence, possess property suspected of having been used in connection with a drug offence, evasion offence and making unnecessary noise or smoke.
Police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the court on April 14, Oliver drove without due care or attention through a roadwork unsafely while on a suspended licence and the vehicle was unregistered, uninsured and had false plates on it.
When police were attempting to cease the vehicle, he made threats to police “take your clown suit off … I’ll chuck you down, I’ll cut ya”.
Sgt Whiting said during that time Oliver was in possession of a pair of scissors which was suspected of being used in connection with a drug offence.
On June 13, the defendant evaded police where he slowed down, police got out of their vehicle and as they approached, he took off and made unnecessary noise.
Sgt Whiting told magistrate Tracy Mossop that most of the charges could be dealt with by way of fines.
“The major issue for Mr Oliver is that while he had a lengthy probation period for two years for not-like offences, but he was still on probation at the time,” Sgt Whiting said.
“And threatening police officers and evading and driving through a roadworks, which we know is very unsafe.
“I do acknowledge there wasn’t anyone actually working but it is a place where people should take care.”
The court heard from Queensland Corrective Services officer C Hicks who shed light on how the defendant is performing on his probation order.
Ms Hicks made the court aware that the defendant had actually contravened a breach order, so the magistrate charged him at the bench for that offence.
“Besides that, he has responded well with me and I find each he reports, he is bringing up issues he probably should address on his own, without my prompting,” Ms Hicks said.
“At first, I thought he may not be suitable; however, we would be willing to take him on again.
“However, I think there needs to be special permission to address alcohol and his temper if that was to happen, if he was to come back on a probation order.”
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Legal Service solicitor Michael Corbin agreed that his client needs to attend counselling for alcohol-related issues.
“My submissions that he be put on further probation order with those fines,” Mr Corbin said.
“Having said that, it may be appropriate for one of those offences that carries a term of imprisonment with a suspended sentence, just to remind Jarara of the ultimate consequences when breaching the law, can be imprisonment.
“The reason for that is because I had cause to review the video in relation to threatening violence, and my client is seen to be doing his best to get the police to react to him in a poor way.
“He was saying anything he could to get a rise out of them.”
Magistrate Mossop said the court she would be resenting Oliver for breaching his probation order, but in a way she wouldn’t usually do.
“In the way suggested by your community corrections officer to try help you address the reasons as to why you commit offences,” she said.
For contravening his breach order, Oliver was given an 18-month probation order with special conditions that he must attend counselling set by his community corrections officer.
The conviction was recorded.
For the 11 other offences, the magistrate fined Oliver a total of $8722.50, with the evading police offence carrying a fine of $6672.
He is also disqualified from driving for six-months.
“You currently owe the government $13,000,” she said.
“You now owe them the better part of $20,000 – you better start paying that off, that’s a lot of money for a young guy.
“The best advice I can give you is stop committing offences because all you’re doing is having to pay the government back a heap of money.”
For the threatening violence offence, she decided to sentence him to a term of imprisonment of two-months, suspended for 12-months.
“This is the turning point for you, make sure you comply with your probation, so we don’t see you here,” she said.
“I’m sure you can make better choices in your life to not bring heartache to your life and the community.”