Burn victim battles anger
IT has been a tough two years for Shaun Farrell after a horrific explosion saw the former truck driver spend three months in a burns unit.
The explosion, which occurred when Shaun was fixing a road train problem, left him with extensive scarring to his body as well as a bad case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
It is this disorder which Shaun believes played a significant role in the events that led him to the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this week.
As his frustration with trying to find work reached a head, he was removed from an employment agency and later arrested during a visit to Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore's office for his aggressive behaviour on December 23.
Shaun will be the first to admit that he wasn't on his best behaviour that day, but even though he pleaded guilty in the court, he doesn't believe his conduct was as bad as many would believe.
"I was definitely angry, and I did swear, but I was arrested while I was sitting in the office reading a magazine. I wasn't making any threats or anything like that," he said.
"Honestly, the whole situation could have been handled better, on all sides. I'm just looking to get on with things."
Shaun said keeping his temper under control had been one of the most difficult things he had encountered while trying to overcome his stress disorder.
"I've been taught things that help me deal with the anger issues - breathing techniques mostly, but it's tough sometimes. I'm confident I can overcome the disorder, but it's an ongoing thing," he said.
At the time of the December incident, Shaun was frustrated at the difficulties he was having getting work, but yesterday was happy to reveal he had found a new job which he did not want to publicise.