Repeat Casino offender confronts his demons

A CASINO man who threatened an ambulance officer with a shovel, caused a stand-off with tactical police, and then broke bail conditions in a confrontation with Casino police, narrowly escaped a jail sentence when he appeared before a Casino Local Court magistrate.

Bradley Keith Robbie, 30, pleaded guilty to a series of assault offences against police and an ambulance officer at a farm in Yenda on May 11, 2008. He pleaded guilty to further assault and offensive language offences against police in Casino on June 12, and resisting police and breaching his bail conditions at Casino on June 18.

Defence counsel Peter Walsh said medical and other pre-sentence reports helped explain Robbie's behaviour.

He said Robbie was now clean and enjoying life being out of the clutches of the various drugs and alcohol he had abused.

Mr Walsh said Robbie's bond was for drink-driving offences -'he has a shocking drink-driving record'- and indicated a man whose life had been a mess. “It would be very difficult to confront your own demons in the way that he now has,” he said.

Magistrate Nick Reimer said the reports gave an insight into the horrific background that fashioned Robbie's personality and gave him post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mr Reimer sentenced Robbie to two 18-month jail sentences, immediately suspended. He was put on an 18-month good behaviour bond and ordered to continue psychological, drug and alcohol counselling.

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