Kerri Moore

Cop-basher pulls court no-show

A JUDGE was not happy when a Bundaberg man failed to turn up to court to be sentenced for seriously assaulting a police officer.

Jeromy John Braithwaite was due to be sentenced at Brisbane District Court on Wednesday but he did not show up.

His barrister, Leon Ackermann, told the court his legal team had been having trouble contacting Mr Braithwaite by phone but managed to finally contact him on Wednesday morning.

He said Mr Braithwaite told them he could not make it to Brisbane because the friend who he had arranged to drive him had to go to hospital with his children.

Mr Braithwaite also told his lawyers he could not afford to pay for transport from Bundaberg to Brisbane, the court heard.

Mr Braithwaite's case had been adjourned previously to allow more time for him to be medically assessed but Mr Ackermann said his client did not turn up to the two scheduled appointments.

Judge Michael Burnett said it was unsatisfactory to not turn up to appointments and to "force the court's arm".

"It sounds a bit like he's not really taking the process entirely seriously," Judge Burnett said.

Judge Burnett issued a warrant for his arrest. - ARM NEWSDESK


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