'Undercover cop's' hidden Agenda exposed in court
IT WAS probably not the first time a drunken patron of a nightclub had claimed to be an undercover police officer.
But when Jerome Richard John Lee Wilson was subsequently confronted with the real thing at Agenda Nightclub in Toowoomba, sensibly he came clean.
Police called to the Russell St nightclub about 4.20am, October 19, had found club bouncers keeping two men apart, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.
The two combatants were yelling and trying to get at each other during an altercation in which Wilson, 26, had yelled that he was an undercover cop, (authentic) police prosecutor Sgt Mike Robinson said.
When crowd controllers asked him for identification, the 26-year-old had put his hand into his pocket, but had nothing other than his wallet with his true identification.
When the police sergeant called to the incident spoke with Wilson, he had immediately admitted he wasn't an undercover police officer, but a company sales representative in Toowoomba for a conference, Sgt Robinson said.
Wilson's solicitor said his client had been drunk at the time and had been assaulted by the other man.
Being from out of town, he had no friends for back-up at the time and had been apprehensive about being assaulted.
He pleaded guilty to "assuming the designation or description of a police officer".
Magistrate Damian Carroll said, by the police facts, it appeared Wilson had simply "mouthed off" to the bouncers about being an undercover cop, but when challenged by police he had come clean.
Mr Carroll said he accepted the defendant hadn't meant anything sinister in making the claim.
"But you've got to be careful when you say such things," he warned.
Wilson was placed on a nine-month good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded and warned "never do that again".