Jail time for man who drunkenly groped female police officer

A TOOWOOMBA man who groped a policewoman on duty has been jailed.

A drunken Mark Leon Sheedy, 36, had been inappropriately groping female patrons at the National Hotel on the night of August 23 last year, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Asked to leave, Sheedy became aggressive with security staff who eventually wrestled him out of the pub.

Police arrived to find the grogged up groper being pinned to the ground by security staff, police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Bill McKenzie told the court.

Taken to the watch house, Sheedy had made inappropriate comments to a female constable who he called a "little Hoover" and began making sucking sounds with his mouth.

His hands handcuffed behind his back, the policewoman was ushering Sheedy into a cell when he suddenly reached back and groped the constable's genital area, Snr Sgt McKenzie said.

The female officer jumped back "extremely shocked" and Sheedy was pinned to the wall by another officer, he said.

The parole he was on at the time was suspended and he served out the three months' jail left on that order before serving a further two months in pre-sentence custody.

He appeared by video link from the jail yesterday to plead guilty to serious assault of a police officer, failing to leave a licensed premises and being drunk and disorderly.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said the behaviour of Sheedy in touching the policewoman in such a manner was "disgraceful".

Mr Carroll also noted he had spent time in jail for previous assault offences.

Declaring 67 days pre-sentence custody as time served, Mr Carroll sentenced Sheedy to eight months jail, but ordered he be released on parole on his 37th birthday on March 1.



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