Magistrate vows to stamp out obnoxious behaviour

A TOSSER who abused Lismore police in a wild drunken affray then licked the floor and walls of the police dock before stripping off and masturbating, has received a suspended jail sentence.

The behaviour of Luke William Zietsch, 23, was slammed as 'obnoxious and disgusting' by magistrate Jeff Linden who said police should not have to put up with such behaviour.

“This appears to be typical of things that occur in this town,” he said.

“I make it clear (this sort of behaviour) is going to stop in this town one way or another.”

Mr Linden said people got drunk and then their behaviour became obnoxious 'and at the worst, beyond obnoxious' before getting physical against police officers.

He said Zietsch's behaviour in the police dock was 'despicable'.

He ordered Zietsch to be taken into custody for three hours until he could decide on the sentence.

Returned to court Zietsch was convicted and received a suspended nine-month jail sentence and fined $450 after pleading guilty to assaulting and resisting police, using offensive language, after a series of incidents that began at the Standard Hotel at 1am on July 19 last year.

Even Zietsch's lawyer described his client's behaviour as 'vulgar', but said he did not take part in the 'vicious' attacks against police.

When police asked the hotel licensee to remove a woman for being drunk (who was celebrating her 21st), Zietsch, from Grafton, got involved and began a tirade of offensive language at the officers. Told to go home Zietsch kept up his foul abuse and when police tried to arrest him, he struggled, pushing one officer to the ground.

When Zietsch was put in the police dock he 'began licking the walls and floor of the dock'.

When told not to, Zietsch removed his pants and underpants and began masturbating in front of police officers.

As he walked free from the courthouse last Friday afternoon Zietsch, when asked to comment, simply yelled expletives.

One woman involved in the fracas has received a 12- month bond and two other women are due to appear before Lismore Local Court in late March.



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