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Man who punched paramedic granted parole

A MAN who allegedly punched a paramedic has been sentenced to two months jail with immediate parole after failing to appear in court to face the charge.

Hedley James Twaddle pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Wednesday to failing to appear on November 11.

The court heard Twaddle, 40, was required to appear in court on November 11 after being charged with serious assault of a public officer.

Police prosecutor Danita Clarke said when police found him several days later he told them he had been in Woorabinda for a funeral.

Defence solicitor Shayne Studdert said Twaddle had got his dates mixed up for the court appearance.

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll sentenced Twaddle to two months imprisonment with immediate parole.

Ms Clarke opposed Twaddle's bail for the serious assault charge, saying he had failed to appear in court on eight other occasions and been charged with breaching bail seven times.

She said the alleged assault of an ambulance officer was "quite a serious example" of the charge.

The court heard police will allege Twaddle punched a paramedic twice in the chest and verbally abused him as he attempted to help Twaddle at a Gracemere address on October 27.

Mr Studdert said Twaddle was heavily intoxicated at the time.

Mr O'Driscoll bailed Twaddle to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on October 9.



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