A 28-year-old Corowa father-of-eight who attacked police and paramedics while on a cocktail of methamphetamine and prescription drugs will be out of jail within weeks.
That came after Brodie Ray was handed a 12-month intensive corrections order in Albury Local Court over the incident at Corowa hospital almost a year ago.
Ray is currently serving the balance of parole at the Cooma Correctional Centre after his most recent offences led to him landing back behind bars.
Once released he will continue under the supervision of Community Corrections as part of the order
"I think this conduct warrants a term of imprisonment," magistrate Rodney Brender said.
"You've got a reasonably lengthy criminal record now."
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Defence solicitor Jane Waddell said Ray, who previously pleaded guilty to assault police and assault a person aiding officers, was keen to begin rehabilitation, though being in jail had put others ahead of him on the priority list.
Ray, she said, had led a troubled life since he was a child, having begun using drugs when he was about 12 or 13.
He tried to kill himself when he was 14, moved on to more serious drugs when 15 and was regularly using methamphetamine and cannabis at 16.
He had to be sedated several times, but each time this wore off he lashed out at the police and paramedics.
Ray punched one officer to the neck and chest, took a swing at a paramedic who tried to help and then kicked an officer in the ribs.
Eventually, he was taken by ambulance to Albury hospital under police escort.
Police were called to a residence in Malbec Court, Corowa, on July 3, 2018, about 12.30am, after a report of a drug overdose.
Ray had taken seven 300-milligram anti-seizure tablets, plus an unknown quantity of paracetamol and anti-depressants.
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