Drunken yobbo is not so tough
HE MAY be Tough by name, but he was a ‘drunken yobbo’ by nature, Magistrate Robyn Denes told a man she was sentencing for threatening and abusing police after the Tabulam races.
Simon John Tough, 26, a sales consultant of Geneva, west of Kyogle, and several associates were drinking in a no-alcohol zone and standing in the middle of the road in Geneva Street, Kyogle, on the evening of November 7, after getting off the bus from Tabulam.
Some were so badly intoxicated they were falling over, police said.
When police asked them to move on only some complied. The accused continued to sit in the gutter and drink.
One of the men who was ‘staggering about’ poured some alcohol on to the defendant’s head.
Police said Tough became ‘very aggressive’ and yelled at Sergeant Aaron Reid, threatening to bash him.
When police told Tough they were going to take him home as an intoxicated person and attempted to put him in a vehicle, he again threatened Sgt Reid. He later told the sergeant he would ‘kill him’.
Friends of Tough had to assist police to keep him in the police truck.
In the Kyogle Local Court on Thursday, Ms Denes said she sometimes wished police would videotape such incidents and show offenders how disgusting their behaviour was.
“How would you feel if someone you knew came up to you and said ‘I’ll ****ing kill you, you ****’?” Ms Denes said.
She noted that it was not the first time Tough had been in trouble, and that all of his convictions were alcohol-related.
“What have you done about your problem?” she asked.
Defending, John Gibson said Tough was trying to turn his life around, had discussed his alcohol problem with a pastor, and that he had a steady job and had joined a football club.
Tough had believed Sgt Reid had been the one to pour the drink over him, he said.
Ms Denes said Tough would be given credit for his guilty plea, and sentenced him to a nine-month good behaviour bond for two counts of intimidating police, and to undergo probation service supervision for alcohol rehabilitation.
He was also fined $600, plus costs, for one count of using offensive language.