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Sent to jail for spitting

Murgon Court: Magistrates Court District Court September 22.
Murgon Court: Magistrates Court District Court September 22. Michael Nolan

A CHERBOURG man will spend the next month in jail after spitting in his cousin's girlfriend's face.

Jai Kenneth Watson, 20, pleaded guilty to public nuisance and common assault when he fronted Murgon Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

On February 18 this year Watson was drinking with his cousin when an argument and a fight broke out.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Pepe Gangemi said Watson had some injuries to his mouth when he went back to the address.

Sgt Gangemi said Watson was in the doorway and spat on the female victim who was sitting on the couch.

"Spitting a mouthful of blood and saliva on the victim,” he said.

"The public nuisance charge came after fighting with his cousin over a period of time.

"This was the bloody saliva in the face of a female victim and it would not be in excess to consider three months' prison as spitting on authorities is nine months.”

Defence lawyer Alan Korobacz said a jail sentence would not be justified as Watson was only 20 years old and submitted that a suspended sentence should be imposed for the crime.

Magistrate Andrew Hackett said he failed to see why Watson should not go to jail considering his violent history over the past three years.

"Considering his previous convictions for assault, there is a pattern, he's fully aware he's done wrong,” Mr Hackett said.

"You come before the court with a history of assault

"You are quick to use your fists for whatever reason.”

Mr Hackett said he also had to consider the risk of transmission of disease by spitting on the face in his sentencing.

"It is shameful and degrading treatment that is treating someone lower than a dog,” he said.

Mr Hackett handed down a three month jail term with parole release date for May 18.

Watson was convicted and not further punished for the public nuisance charge.

A conviction was recorded.

Topics:  cherbourg court jail public nuisance spitting

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