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18yo hurls bottles at police

IN A dangerous act of retaliation and defiance, Tyson James Dennison hurled beer bottles at the police officers who were attempting to arrest the teenager's intoxicated father.

Warwick officers attended a party in Percy St just before midnight on July 5, following a 000 call about an unruly guest.

The Warwick Magistrates Court this week heard Dennison initially tried to help officers persuade his intoxicated father to call it a night.

In a matter of minutes, the 18-year-old's helpful manner had evaporated and he became abusive and volatile toward police.

Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa told the court Dennison's father and police were soon embroiled in a "scuffle", with the father calling for Tyson to help him.

Dennison swore at police and as the officers were walking to their vehicle, Dennison lobbed two bottles at one policeman.

Snr Const de Lissa said the officer heard the bottles fly closely past him before smashing on the ground.

As the officers began to leave the scene with Dennison's father, the teenager was seen by police to "wind up" twice before sending another bottle flying towards the police car.

The court heard one of the officer's was forced to yell "go, go, go" to the driver, before the bottle smashed narrowly behind them.

Defence solicitor Daniel Habermann said his client maintained he was not aiming at police.

"They were drinking at a cousin's place - my client was drunk and his dad was very drunk and refused to budge," Mr Habermann said.

"For the first 10 minutes or so Tyson was trying to get his dad to budge and go home and sleep off whatever he'd been drinking.

"It seems this mysterious change of heart came when he says his father was sprayed with capsicum spray and hit with a torch."

The young father of one pleaded guilty to two assaults on police and was sentenced to six months jail but was placed on immediate parole.

Topics:  police warwick magistrates court warwick police



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