The drunken 27-year-old had been involved in an altercation at the Irish Club Hotel before being taken to the watch house.
The drunken 27-year-old had been involved in an altercation at the Irish Club Hotel before being taken to the watch house.

Jail time for drunk who flicked blood at a policeman

A 27-YEAR-OLD man who flicked blood at a police officer after a drunken altercation at a Toowoomba pub has been handed a jail term.

Jesse Ronald Horder had become involved in an altercation with another man in the smoking section of the Irish Club Hotel about 6.35pm, Friday, July 10, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Security called to the fracas arrived to hear the female duty manager telling Horder not to touch her and security stepped in.

When he refused to leave, a security officer took Horder in a hold to march him out but the 27-year-old had wrestled the officer to the ground and jumped on top of him, police prosecutor Narelle Lowe told the court.

Police arrived to find Horder leaning against a signpost on the footpath outside the pub and when he refused a police direction he was handcuffed.

Fighting back against police, he fell to the footpath, grazing his nose which bled slightly, Senior Constable Lowe said.

At the watch house when asked COVID related questions, Horder had wiped blood from his nose, turned to a constable and said “I hope you don’t like blood” before flicking blood from his finger at the policeman, she said.

Horder pleaded guilty to serious assault of a police officer, common assault in a public place while adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, obstructing police and failing to leave a licenced premises.

His solicitor Joe McConnell, of MacDonald Law, told the court his client was so drunk on the night he could not remember the events but he was very remorseful when shown the CCTV footage of the incidents.

Since that night his client had rarely gone out and once these matters were dealt with by the court he intended moving to Maryborough to be nearer his children, Mr McConnell said.

Magistrate Graham Lee sentenced Horder to three months in jail but ordered the whole term be suspended immediately for 12 months, fined him $700 and ordered he do 60 hours community service.

Originally published as Jail time for drunk who flicked blood at a policeman


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