Man wrote apology letter to policeman he spat on

A 20-YEAR-OLD man wrote a "heartfelt" letter to the policeman he spat on after being arrested at a Moranbah party.

Kaleb Tanner Green appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court last week on charges of public nuisance, serious assault of a police officer and obstructing an officer while intoxicated.

Prosecutor Michael Ball told the court police were called to an out-of-control party at Lawson St, Moranbah in the early hours of October 10.

Green, a Mount Coolum father-of-one, attempted to incite the crowd of 40 by yelling expletives and shouting abuse at officers.

Green was arrested, restrained by three officers and taken to a police vehicle.

Once inside, he spat at an officer's chest and banged his handcuffs on the car window.

Defence solicitor David Strutynski told the court once Green had been taken into the watch house he was extremely remorseful.

He said Green spent two nights in custody and after his release wrote a letter of apology to the officer he assaulted.

Mr Strutynski said Green had problems with binge drinking and had been seeing a psychologist.

Magistrate Nerida Wilson read out the letter in court, saying it was "heartfelt."

"I feel disgusted with myself and I am currently taking action to help myself and prevent this ever occurring again in any way," read Green's apology.

"What I am trying to say is I respect police officers for what they do, even though my actions say otherwise."

"I consider that to be an act of someone who is genuinely remorseful," said Magistrate Wilson.

She sentenced Green to four months' imprisonment, wholly suspended for 18 months and 40 hours community service, to be completed within 18 months.

Convictions were recorded.



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