Ten day prison sentence handed out for offensive words
A 25-year-old man was sentenced to ten days’ jail for using offensive words during a drunken altercation on Front Street.
Treadwell Smith pleaded guilty to using offensive words near Point Pleasant Park in an incident on August 10.
The court heard that police received a report of an altercation on Front Street around 8.30pm.
The dispute appeared to be over when they arrived but members of the public pointed out the defendant to the officers.
Smith appeared to be intoxicated, and the officers told him to leave the area.
He began to walk towards Number One Shed but encountered another man on the way and began shouting at him, saying : “Who the f*** do you think you are? F*** you.”
Smith apologised for the offence and said he was very intoxicated.
“I don’t usually act like that,” he told Magistrates’ Court. “Maybe the person was being disrespectful to me at the time.”
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner said the incident didn’t seem out of character when he considered Smith’s prior offences.
Mr Warner said that Smith was given a conditional discharge for prowling near the Fairmont Hamilton Princess on December 1, but had failed to contact court services.
Smith insisted that nobody had contacted him about meeting with court services however Mr Warner read a report that said he had been contacted repeatedly but failed to attend scheduled meetings.
Mr Warner then sentenced Smith to ten days’ imprisonment.