Grabbing police officer onbuttocks no joke: Court
IT MIGHT have been a joke to Timothy Paul McCausland at the time, but grabbing a male police officer’s buttocks became a serious problem for the father of three and casual tennis coach yesterday.
The 36-year-old Kooringal man was fined $1100, placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond and told to see a doctor within seven days for alcohol counselling after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer.
In Wagga Local Court yesterday, Magistrate Megan Greenwood and McCausland’s solicitor, David Barron, described the assault as a demeaning act.
Mr Barron said through him McCausland apologised to the police officer.
Police facts tendered to the court said a police officer was speaking with security guards outside a Baylis Street night spot about midnight on December 8 when McCausland approached him from behind and said: “You like a grab on the a…, don’t you, hmmm, you like it when I play with your a…, don’t ya”.
McCausland then used his left hand to grab the constable on one of his buttocks before walking away.
Shortly after, McCausland returned and said: “You want it again, don’t you” before grabbing the constable again.
This time, the police officer took hold of McCausland’s arm and then demanded to see some identification.
Over the next few minutes, McCausland’s confrontational behaviour led to him being given tickets for offensive language and for trying to re-enter a licensed premises after being excluded.
And he was also charged with assaulting a police officer.
Mr Barron said McCausland appeared to be a Jekyll and Hyde character who is normally responsible and caring, but on this evening acted entirely differently.
Ms Greenwood told McCausland to have a good, hard look at himself.
She said the people who provided McCausland with references for the court appearance might have a high opinion of him, but the general community might have a different opinion.
She noted McCausland had previous convictions for drink-driving and drug offences.
“I think he needs some alcohol counselling,” Ms Greenwood said.
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