Man jailed after spitting blood at police
A MAN who spat blood and saliva at three police officers on four separate occasions during a drunken rampage in Roma earlier this year has been jailed for four months.
Byron Neville Dennis, 20, pleaded guilty in October to 15 charges stemming from events which occurred on January 29 at his father's home, including four charges of seriously assaulting police, which carries a maximum of 14 years in jail.
The Brisbane District Court heard on Friday Dennis had come to the attention of police after reports a utility was doing "burn outs" outside a house in Charles St.
Police visited the address and asked Dennis if he had been driving the ute in a dangerous manner to which he replied, "No".
Crown Prosecutor Samuel Bain told the court it was then Dennis "snapped" and ran towards the house where he pushed a female office in the chest causing her to lose her balance.
Mr Bain said events turned ugly when two other officers followed Dennis inside his father's house where they attempted to arrest him.
"A pursing struggle ensured where two officers were assaulted and capsicum spray was used in an attempt to subdue the offender," he said.
"During this time he punched a female officer in the face, which resulted in significant swelling and bruising around her left eye.
"Dennis somehow escaped being detained and ran back outside to the front of the house."
Mr Bain said officers managed to detain Dennis outside for a brief period during which he continued to lash out violently towards in what they described as "superhuman strength."
"During his arrest on tow occasions he spat blood and saliva in the face of the female officer he had earlier pushed," he said.
"The blood-soaked saliva landed in her eye and on her uniform.
"Once officers managed to get him into the van and attempted to give him care in relation to the capsicum spray, which were in his eyes, he again spat blood into the face of a third officer."
Dennis' barrister Phillip Hardcastle told the court his client had shown remorse for his actions and even attempted to apologise to the officers involved while in custody at Roma station.
"He has been very concerned with his behaviour and the consequences of his actions," he said.
"One can not excuse him spitting at police, but you have to remember he had just been sprayed with capsicum spray and was in a high-agitated state."
Judge Marshall Irwin sentenced Dennis to 12 months in jail for each offence and ordered he serve four months of that sentence.
However, Judge Irwin did take into an account a psychiatrist report which revealed Dennis' step-father had "tortured" him from an early age which could have contributed to his on-going destructive behaviour.
"You have pleaded guilty to some very serious offences and my sentence must reflect a degree of deterrent," he said.
"However, I do believe you have shown genuine remorse for your actions.
"It gives me no pleasure to sentence someone of your age to a prison sentence.
"I hope this is where we draw the line in the sand and never see you before the courts again."
Dennis was also placed on a two-year probation order where he must undergo counselling for alcohol abuse and anger management.
His licence was also disqualified for nine months.