Fined after disturbance at Plaza

A MAN who accused shop staff of short-changing him $100 was found guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court of causing a disturbance at Goldfields Plaza and at the Gympie police station in September 2009.

He was fined $700 for those offences and for assaulting and obstructing police.

The court heard Jeffrey William Manton, 54, purchased items from a store in Goldfields and returned about a week later to confront staff about stealing $100 from him the week before.

He started yelling at the top of his voice and got louder and louder. When the manager told him the cash register float had balanced every day, Manton said he was going to police.

He went to the police station in Channon Street and became more aggressive in the foyer, yelling at officers through a gap in the security barrier about the “thieves down at the store”.

Manton was told to settle down and stop using foul language, and warned if he continued he would be arrested.

He did not stop, and was placed under arrest, physically restrained by three police officers and wrestled into handcuffs.

Manton then continued to struggle violently and refused to walk to the cells as directed, with four officers needed to physically drag and push him there.

While trying to negotiate the steps, Manton threw his weight forward in an effort to make everyone fall, the court heard.

When the handcuffs were taken off, his wrists were bleeding and he was asked to wash them, but he pushed police and continued to fight, staining officers’ uniforms with blood.

He was placed in a violent detainee cell and charged with assault, obstructing police and two counts of committing a public nuisance.

Manton, of Fosters Lane, Anderleigh, pleaded not guilty.

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