MAGISTRATE Tony Murray yesterday said NSW judges have indicated in rulings that police should be protected in their duties.
“The superior courts have indicated police are not to be used as punching bags,” Mr Murray said in Albury Local Court when sentencing Jake James McEwan.
Mr Murray said McEwan’s behaviour towards police in February was disgraceful.
McEwan, 19, of Mate Street, appeared through a video link from Junee jail for sentencing on charges of resisting arrest, intimidating police and malicious damage.
“This is the first time you have spent any time in adult custody,” Mr Murray said.
McEwan was given a seven-month jail sentence, with a minimum of two months backdated to February 27, on the resist arrest and intimidation charges, with a $200 fine imposed for malicious damage.
The court was told in tendered documents that McEwan lives with his mother in Mate Street and returned home intoxicated about 7.45pm on February 20.
He argued with his girlfriend, was asked to leave and the front door was deadlocked when he went outside.
McEwan smashed a window near the front door and climbed on the roof, but had disappeared by the time police arrived.
Seven days later police officers saw him at Lavington Square and he tried to walk away.
When asked to identify himself or produce identification, he became defensive and police thought he may be wanted on warrants.
McEwan became abusive, tried to push past police several times and said: “You lay your hands on me, I’ll punch on.”
Officers took him towards a police truck and he threatened to punch a woman officer in the face.