A MAN who got drunk and then assaulted and threatened to kill police has been given a community corrections order.
Kyabram’s Mark Percy, 43, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to a breach of an intervention order, assault and resisting police, threats to kill, behaving in an insulting manner and failing to leave a licensed premises.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens told the court Percy had been drinking at the Blue Brick Hotel Kyabram for five hours before he was asked to leave.
‘‘At around 6pm he went in and bought half a dozen take away beers and consumed them in the beer garden,’’ she said.
‘‘At 7pm he re-entered the hotel and was asked to leave.
‘‘He refused and when the police arrived to remove him he refused again.
‘‘He verbally abused the police and was put under arrest for being drunk in a public place.’’
Snr Constable Hitchens said Percy continued to be verbally abusive.
‘‘He said ‘don’t you f---ing cuff me, you dogs’,’’ she said.
Percy continued to refuse arrest and police deployed capsicum spray to contain him with the help of a community member.
This is when he threatened to kill the officers.
The court heard how Percy had said ‘‘I will hunt you down and kill you, you dog c---s’’.
Defence lawyer Majella Foster-Jones said her client was ‘‘mortified’’ with his actions.
‘‘He has had an issue with alcohol after he was a victim of a very serious incident in which he was shot,’’ she said.
‘‘It seems he has been self-medicating with alcohol.
‘‘He has since referred himself to drug and alcohol counselling and his parents are supporting him.’’
Magistrate Patrick Southey said the charges were too serious for him to consider a bond.
‘‘Perhaps you will be able to go back to life as it was and stay out of trouble for another 43 years,’’ he said.
‘‘Alcohol is no excuse but explains why you did what you did.’’
He was handed a 12 month CCO without conviction.