Push-ups on street lead to charges

CRAIG John Bowen created panic when he performed push-ups in front of cars travelling along Rockhampton's busy Berserker St.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week heard Bowen's reasoning to police was that he was bored, and he didn't care that cars had to stop to avoid hitting him.

The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to public nuisance, breach of bail, common assault, obstructing police, serious assault of a police officer and two charges of unauthorised dealing of shop goods.

Police prosecutor Karen Dunham said on November 1, police received numerous calls about a man walking in front of traffic and doing push-ups on the road, and when police arrived, he told officers they couldn't do anything to stop him.

Ms Dunham said on two occasions in September last year, Bowen went into a store at Rockhampton's Stockland shopping centre where he took clothing and made no attempt to pay for them.

She said Bowen had breached a bail condition when he entered the shopping centre.

Ms Dunham said on September 28, Bowen threatened to fight staff in the bakery section of a grocery store where he pulled a glass bottle from his bag and held it in a threatening manner before throwing it at a worker and hitting that person on the chin.

On October 11 police visited Bowen's home and he was arrested and taken to the watchhouse where he was told to remove his cap.

Mr Dunham said Bowen instead spat at the police officer, hitting him on the shoulder and in the belt region.

He continued to duck his head and ran around in the cell so the officer could not remove his cap.

She said a period of jail for Bowen was not out of reach, and his behaviour should not be tolerated.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy sentenced Bowen to two months jail with immediate parole and ordered him to pay $800 compensation to the officer he spat on, and $600 to the victim of the bottle throw.

She also fined him a $2350.



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