Intervening dad cops work time

CASINO dad Bruce Douglas must complete 250 hours of unpaid community service work after being involved in an affray with police while trying to intervene as they tried to talked to his son.

Douglas, 46, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to assaulting a police officer while carrying out his duty; affray by threatening violence towards police officers; and offensive behaviour between 11.30pm on November 28, 2008, and 12.20am the next day in Baker Street, Casino.

Magistrate Michael Dakin ordered Douglas carry out the Community Service Order and fined him $300 on the offensive behaviour charge.

Defence barrister David Imlah described the hardships his client, now a father of three, experienced during childhood. He said on the night of the offences Douglas drank four rum and cokes but had not consumed alcohol since.

Mr Imlah said when his client's son became involved in an altercation with police Douglas got his son away, but the son foolishly went back into the fracas. Douglas went back to protect his son and became involved.

He said no police officers had been injured.

Mr Imlah said Douglas stated the police allegations of bad language had been overstated, adding that Douglas had not worked for 10 years.

Magistrate Dakin said the officers tried to speak to his son at a hotel, but the matter did not escalate until they left the hotel, with the offenders hitting shop windows. They described their behaviour as frightening and intimidating before turning into a violent melee.

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