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Man fined for ‘particularly obnoxious’ comments

A Pembroke man who pushed officers and swore at them as they tried to search him, received a stiff fine in Magistrates’ Court.

Richard Judge, 57, said he lashed out because it was the second time he was stopped for a search in a matter of minutes, and he was intoxicated.

Judge pleaded guilty to assault, violently resisting arrest and using offensive words in the incident, which took place Sunday on Point Pleasant Road in Hamilton.

Crown counsel Auralee Cassidy said officers were carrying out weapon searches in the area after 1am when they saw Judge.

The officers said Judge smelled of alcohol and when they attempted to search him he began moving and shouting profanities.

He then shoved one of the officers in the chest, causing him to fall backwards.

Judge told the officer: “F*** you, you b****. I will push my penis up your a**.”

He was eventually detained by the officers, and taken to Hamilton Police Station.

Judge told the court that he was heavily intoxicated at the time, and frustrated because he had been stopped for a search only 20 minutes prior.

He said the officers had acted aggressively towards him and struck him while he was in handcuffs.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner told Judge he should file a complaint if he had an issue with the officers’ behaviour.

“You were drunk, you were an aggressive person and you objected to the police searching you,” Mr Warner said. “This kind of behaviour cannot be encouraged.”

He fined Judge $500 for violently resisting arrest and $500 for assaulting the officer.

He fined him an additional $1000 for using offensive words toward the officer, describing the comments as “particularly obnoxious”.

Mr Warner added: “I don’t know why you would want to do that to the police officer.”

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Published September 27, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated September 27, 2011 at 10:31 am)

Man fined for ‘particularly obnoxious’ comments

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