Defendant in Mudgee Local Court has police troubles during ‘skinful’

A man charged with assaulting police and contravening an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order was sentenced to community service as an alternative to prison.

Geoffrey Ernest Murray, aged 38, of Cameron Street, Mudgee, was ordered to perform 300 hours community service and placed on a two year good behaviour bond in Mudgee Local Court.

A condition of the ADVO was that Murray not approach the person in need of protection within 12 hours of consuming alcohol. At about 2.20am on November 11, 2017, police were called to their residence over a breach to the order and Murray answered the door noticeably affected by alcohol.

When officers spoke to him he attempted to take their gun from their holster. He was handcuffed, arrested and taken to Mudgee Police Station. Then as Murray was being unloaded from the police vehicle he tried to knee an officer in the groin.

Magistrate David Day noted, “he doesn’t like police when he’s had a skinful” and in sentencing him, “it seems Mr Murray responds well to work, it keeps him out of trouble”.