No more time in jail because injury to cop was "unintended"

THREE days in jail was more than Anthony Stephen Simpson-Brady could stand.

After being remanded in custody on Monday while a judge considered previous court decisions, Simpson- Brady was sent to jail.

He pleaded guilty on Monday at Ipswich District Court to three assaults, including one that left a police officer with a permanent limp.

Defence lawyer Robert Carroll said Simpson-Brady had told him he couldn't stand his few days behind bars.

"He said verbatim: 'I'd do anything to not go back down there'," Mr Carroll said.

On March 15 last year Simpson-Brady was at Riverlink Shopping Centre with his then partner. They got into an argument and a friend of his intervened. Simpson-Brady accused the friend of having a sexual relationship with his partner and assaulted his friend.

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A police officer and security guard approached Simpson-Brady and attempted to take him to the Riverlink police beat. He refused, swore and swung his arms at them.

He pushed the police officer, who fell over and struck his head on a concrete pole. The security guard then grabbed Simpson-Brady in a bear hug. Simpson-Brady then put his mouth around the security guard's hand, but the guard pulled it away before he could be bitten.

The three then got into a scuffle on the ground, during which the police officer fractured his ankle. He suffers a permanent disability from the injury and walks with a limp.

Mr Carroll said the defence conceded most people who assaulted police officers served time in jail, but because Simpson-Brady did not intend to hurt the officer, describing it as an "unintended consequence" of resisting the officer, he did not deserve to be jailed.

Judge Deborah Richards said the officer suffered a serious permanent injury as a result of the behaviour.

However, she stated that because the injuries were not caused by a deliberate attack on the officer, Simpson-Brady would not be going back to prison.

He was sentenced to two years jail and given immediate release on parole. He was ordered to undergo drug, alcohol and anger management counselling, and random drug tests.

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