Camperdown man's drunken attack on hospital staff

A DRUNK man who attacked Camperdown hospital staff trying to help him has been fined $500.

Dillon Popowski, 18, of no fixed address but who has been living in Camperdown, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to multiple charges of unlawful assault, threatening to both inflict serious injury and damage property and committing an offence while on bail.

Police alleged that on March 3 Popowski and his Camperdown girlfriend moved from Tasmania to Camperdown where her family lives.

On March 19 Popowski became highly intoxicated and was taken to Camperdown hospital for treatment.

At the hospital he punched, kicked and verbally abused staff.

Police were called and had to physically restrain Popowski, who was highly agitated and had to be taken to Warrnambool hospital.

On March 29 Popowski was again drinking and he had a major argument with his girlfriend.

He punched the back window of her car, abused her and threatened to slit the throats of her family members.

Popowski is alleged to have said he would return to the house and burn it down before midnight, which left his girlfriend scared. She has since ended the relationship and taken out an intervention order.

Defence counsel Amanda Chambers said Popowski was one of seven siblings from the town of Penguin in Tasmania.

Ms Chambers said Popowski’s relationship with the woman was over and he wanted to return to Tasmania.

“He wants to go home to his mother,” she said.

“He was taken into custody on Saturday and it’s the first time he’s been locked up. The cells are full and it’s been quite scary. When he drinks alcohol he goes off. He does not remember the incidents.”

Magistrate John Lesser requested inquiries be made about Popowski’s financial resources so the defendant could be released and make his way back to Tasmania.

When those inquiries were made Popowski was convicted and fined $500 and released from custody.

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