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Prisoner spits in officer's face after being denied haircut

Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law - which houses Brisbane Supreme Court and Brisbane District Court.
Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law - which houses Brisbane Supreme Court and Brisbane District Court. Rae Wilson

A TOOWOOMBA man who spat in a jail worker's face when he would not allow him to get a haircut has avoided spending more time behind bars.

Oakey man Stanley John Bartley, 28, was being held in jail at Wacol in March when he asked a corrective services officer if he could get his haircut.

The officer said he'd had a haircut last week and told him to return to his unit.

Bartley then began to argue, told the officer to "get f**ked” and spat in his face.

Bartley's saliva went into the officer's eyes.

At Brisbane District Court on Thursday, Bartley was sentenced to two years on probation after pleading guilty to seriously assaulting a corrective services officer.

He was also sentenced to about four months in jail, but he had already spent this time behind bars before he was released on bail.

During his sentence hearing, the court heard Bartley had been a drug addict since he was 17 years old and had been clean while he had been on bail for about six weeks.

A victim impact statement from the corrective services officer said he was concerned he had contracted a virus or HIV or hepatitis C and that he was no longer able to donate blood until test results cleared him of illnesses.

Judge Julie Ryrie said the officer's test results fortunately came back clear.

She also said the fact he could not donate blood while awaiting the tests had impacted the community.

Judge Ryrie said Bartley had been in jail before and should have realised that he had to abide by the rules.

"You don't make them, you follow them, whether you like it or not,” she said.

"That's the consequences of being placed into custody, as you well know and should have appreciated.”

She also advised Bartley to stay away from people in Toowoomba who he had previously hung around with.

If Bartley breaches probation he will go back before Judge Ryrie.

- ARM NEWSDESK

Topics:  assault court district court jail oakey queensland sentence spitting toowoomba



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