Man jailed for spitting on police officer
AN OORALEA man has been jailed after spitting on a police officer as he was being escorted into a watch-house cell in Mackay.
It comes after Alec Vincent Coulahan (right) was sentenced for wearing a ring linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs when he appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court in February.
Coulahan, 20, faced the court on Thursday, with a woman watching from the gallery, and pleaded guilty to seriously assaulting an officer on May 26.
He also pleaded guilty to six lesser charges before Magistrate Damien Dwyer, dated between April 7 and August 16, including wilful damage, obstructing police, contravening a banning order, contravening police, possession of marijuana and breaching a court order.
Summing up the case, Mr Dwyer said Coulahan had been caught trying to enter a hotel while banned from licensed premises.
Coulahan told police he had been checking whether his ban had ended, but he was arrested. Coulahan had been deemed "too violent to be interviewed" and a senior constable helped place him in a holding cell.
"... you have turned towards him and spat at him," Mr Dwyer said, adding spittle hit the officer's "chin and upper torso area".
In a statement, the officer said he had been "disgusted".
In defence, solicitor Catherine Luck, of Taylors Solicitors, detailed Coulahan's struggles with anger, mental illness and prescription medication.
Coulahan had made some attempts to get help and change his ways, she added.
Mr Dwyer did note there was "no serious risk of disease", and he considered early pleas and other circumstances.
Coulahan was sentenced to two months jail and will then serve 18 months probation.
The ban was continued to February. Coulahan has to pay $2465 in restitution.