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Man fined for police assault
8th July 2010
A MAGISTRATE told a school gardener yesterday that “laying a hand on a police officer is just not acceptable”.
Magistrate John Hodgins said police were “simply there to do their job”.
John Camden Cotton, an apprentice gardener from Matthew Flinders Anglican College, was fined $400 when he faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday for assaulting a police officer.
Police were called to an Alexandra Headland address after reports of an altercation about 11.35pm on June 21.
Upon arriving, the officers were faced with an aggressive and intoxicated Mr Cotton.
He had consumed anti-depressant medication, beer, wine and whisky during the evening.
While police were questioning Mr Cotton he stood up and pushed one of the officers twice.
Mr Cotton’s solicitor said his client had sought counselling for depression and alcoholism.