Man who threatened prosecutor gets six months’ probation
A GYMPIE man who threatened a police prosecutor in open court and in front of a Gympie Times reporter was sentenced to six months' probation yesterday.
Patrick Wass Davis, 20, pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court on Tuesday to two counts of public nuisance; one on February 11 this year in Mary St and the second on February 26 this year at Gympie Magistrates Court.
The court heard that on February 26 Davis was in the gallery of the courtroom in support of his brother, who had been arrested and was facing the court.
The court was told yesterday that on February 26 Davis had told his brother who was in custody, "Don't worry bro, we will fight the charges and we will fix that prosecutor".
When asked by the prosecutor what he had just said, Davis replied "I was talking about prosecutors in general".
The prosecutor said they took the remark as threatening and Davis, who had previously been in a fight with a police officer in order to stick up for his brother, was charged.
"I had no other choice," Davis explained of his actions during the fight. "Family comes first."
Davis will serve six months' probation for both public nuisance charges.
Davis also was permitted to attend Mary St again after a ban preventing him from attending the location was lifted.