Magistrate Andrew Hackett told Ryan Paul Joseph Jacobs many people drink rum and turn violent so if wanted to avoid trouble he should stay away from the drunk.
Magistrate Andrew Hackett told Ryan Paul Joseph Jacobs many people drink rum and turn violent so if wanted to avoid trouble he should stay away from the drunk. Kate Darvall

Magistrate accepts rum consumption for 'bizarre behaviour'

A SOUTH Burnett man has been told to stay away from rum after a series of run-ins with police.

Police prosecutor Pepe Gangemi told Kingaroy Magistrates Court officers he saw Ryan Paul Joseph Jacobs arguing with staff at licensed premises in Kingaroy at 12.20pm on December 10.

He refused to leave following an argument with another patron but as police arrested Jacobs he struggled and tried to pull away.

He was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Sgt Gangemi said the second incident was "strange”.

He said police found a man urinating against a wall on Haly St on November 27, 2016, about 1.30am.

There were three others there at the time and when police tried to caution the urinating man he ran off.

They asked Jacobs about the urinating man and he too walked away.

As police started talking to the other men, Jacobs returned and became aggressive.

Sgt Gangemi said Jacobs was repeatedly told to move and the officer didn't want to speak with him.

As the officer walked back to his vehicle Jacobs moved to position himself between the officer and the vehicle.

Sgt Gangemi said he blocked the police officer with his arms stretched out.

He stood chest-to-chest with the officer and it was at this point that Jacobs was arrested.

Later, when police tried to release Jacobs from the watch house, he refused to leave and officers needed to physically carry him out.

Jacobs' lawyer, Tim Campion, said his 18-year-old client had been drinking rum before his offending.

"He's a relative newcomer to it and in retrospect he was taking actions without thinking,” Mr Campion said.

Magistrate Andrew Hackett took into account Jacobs' early plea, lack of history and aspirations for a military career.

"It would seem that rum does explain your behaviour, which in some ways is bizarre,” Mr Hackett said.

"It's relatively minor offending but in saying that, police have a job to do and persons who are under arrest or being moved on have a duty to comply with police requests.”

After pleading guilt to three counts of obstructing police and failing to leave licensed premises, Jacobs received a $750 fine.

No conviction was recorded.

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