Loud-mouthed pest avoids jail

AN Inverell man who taunted police with sexualised obscenities has narrowly avoided jail over the disgusting tirade.

Edward Keith Connors appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to obstructing police and public nuisance.

The court heard the 33-year-old came to the attention of police while walking past a local licensed premises in the early hours of October 15.

Police were dealing with a separate group of pub patrons who had been ejected from the premises, when Connors began making lewd gestures and verbally abusing police.

The court heard that at one time Connors taunted police by telling them to perform a sexual act on him.

Police made several attempts to move Connors on from the area, but he remained aggressive, telling police he could beat them in a fight and would snap their necks.

The altercation resulted in a foot chase that ended when police intercepted him beside the Tiddalik statue on the Condamine River.

Connors continued to resist the officers, even after being located by police and was taken back to the watchhouse and placed in a padded cell.

Acting Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist chastised Connors for his behaviour, telling him police would not have noticed him had he not started to make trouble.

Connors was sentenced to six months jail, which was wholly suspended for 12 months.

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