Threats to police worry magistrate, but man paroled

A MAN has been jailed for four months for verbally threatening to kill police officers.

However, Daniel Turnbull, who has previously breached a probation order, has been given the benefit of immediate parole.

He was standing on the footpath outside Beaches Backpackers in Airlie Beach when he drunkenly yelled at police "I will kill you (expletive) (expletive)".

A member of the public also told the police Turnbull had made rude comments to him and his girlfriend as they walked past, the Mackay Magistrates Court has been told.

Approaching Turnbull, officers saw him taking a drink from a 750ml wine bottle while on the footpath, prosecutor James Grehan said.

He was "too intoxicated" to speak with police, the court was told.

A pat-down search uncovered six anti-psychotic tablets and one ecstasy tablet, the court was told.

Defence solicitor Dave Ritchie, of ATSI Legal Services, said Turnbull was "so drunk he doesn't remember where he got the MDMA... he obviously purchased it".

The other tablets belonged to his mother and he took them to help him sleep, Mr Ritchie said.

Turnbull pleaded guilty to five charges including public nuisance near a licensed premises, consuming liquor in public, possessing dangerous and restricted drugs and contravening a probation order.

Acting Magistrate Scott Luxton said it was "most concerning" he used those words against police and most members of the community would find it "unacceptable".

Turnbull has already been offered fines and probation for his prior offending but his bad behaviour has continued, the court was told.

"This is the last opportunity you will be offered," Mr Luxton said. Convictions were recorded.



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