Teen taken down by the law

LETTERS, house visits and SMS reminders were not enough to encourage Brady Thomas Forbes to complete his community service.

So the teenager appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to be re-sentenced for past crimes and new offences he committed last year.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer, stealing, wilful damage and obstructing a police officer on August 21.

Forbes also admitted to several breaches of a curfew set as a bail condition, not completing any of his 120 hours of community service and unlawfully using a motor vehicle.

His mother told Magistrate Barry Cosgrove most of her son's actions had been alcohol-induced.

Police prosecutor Karen Dunham said Forbes stole a torch about 9pm on August 21 dropped by a police officer while he was trying to arrest Forbes's friend in Mount Morgan.

Ms Dunham said Forbes taunted and swore at the constable, saying: "Ha, ha. I've got your torch."

She said Forbes tried to hit the officer with the torch, but missed.

Forbes then struck a police vehicle several times.

After Forbes and a friend fled, the police dog squad was called to find them.

Forbes was discovered hiding in dense scrub, but he tried to hit the dog and crawl away.

Ms Dunham said Forbes did not have a lengthy history of violence.

Mr Cosgrove told Forbes police could not be treated as a "special specimen" of people which could be spat on or set upon.

"Without them we would live in a barbarous society," he said.

He fined Forbes almost $2000 and sentenced him to 12 months jail with a parole release date of mid-2012.



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