Drunk Sarina man spits in faces of pub security guards
A SARINA man who spat directly in the faces of two security guards when he was refused entry to a pub has mocked prison as merely "an easy six months off”.
Joshua Alan John Pampling, 27, admitted to two counts of common assault on June 9, 2017 at Sarina when he faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday.
Pampling, who has a history of violence, also pleaded guilty to 12 breaches of bail and one count of failing to appear.
Referring to the breaches and failure to appear, Pampling provided a range of excuses to police, said Magistrate Damien Dwyer.
"One, you're just not interested; two, you forgot about it; three, you were intoxicated; and four, you were going to hand yourself in when the right time came about; and five, I don't care, it'll be an easy six months off and I'll be back out,” he said.
A man and a woman guarding Tandara Hotel had refused Pampling entry as he was already drunk, Mr Dwyer said.
But he decided to have a crack at entering the venue anyway.
While the male guard had been escorted him out, Pampling "turned and spat directly in the face” of the man, causing "immediate discomfort”.
When the female guard warned Pampling away from a door, he also "spat directly into her face”.
Police arrested Pampling, who remained "abusive” on his trip to the watchhouse.
In defence, lawyer Phillip Moore said alcohol and pride had spurred on the assaults.
Pampling had used the drug ice, but had migrated to alcohol abuse, Mr Moore said.
Mr Dwyer was scathing of Pampling's behaviour and lamented that the victims "were only doing their job”.
The magistrate refused a late character reference offered by Pampling's mother.
Pampling was sentenced to nine months jail, but he will be released on parole on April 11. He has already served 31 days in pre-sentence custody.