Jail the only option for man who bashed police, ambulance officers

By Andrew Thomson
Updated November 7 2012 - 2:58am, first published September 1 2009 - 1:52am

ASSAULTING police and an ambulance officer has led to a Warrnambool man being jailed and banned from the city centre when he's drunk.Michael Patrick Malady, 36, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to a string of offending which peaked over three days in July.He was charged with three counts of resisting police, two offences of offensive language, acting prejudicial to the good running of a police jail, being drunk and one count each of assaulting police, hindering police, unlawful assault, behaving in a riotous manner, using indecent language and breaching a suspended jail sentence.Malady was convicted, sentenced to six months' imprisonment, which was suspended for 12 months, and placed on an 18-month community-based order to undertake programs, treatment and supervision as requested.He is also excluded from the Warrnambool city centre between 9pm and 6am and from the city centre for 12 months when intoxicated. Malady had already served 54 days in custody while a mental health report was prepared.The offending started on June 26 when members of Malady's family called police. On July 2 he was at St John of God Hospital and refused to leave after complaining of chest pains.A week later he was in King Street when residents rang police to have Malady removed from their home because of his threatening behaviour.The next day he was spoken to by police when intoxicated outside a Warrnambool hotel. He was arrest and placed in the cells, where he smeared blood on the walls. Malady was examined by psychiatric service workers who decided he was not certifiable.On July 11 police were called to a Lava Street house where Malady was causing problems and being aggressive.He was arrested and placed in the police cells where he headbutted walls and threatened police officers.At 4pm on July 12 ambulance officers were called to a service station where Malady had complained of chest pains. When they arrived an ambulance officer was threatened and they drove off. Two hours later Malady was at the police station hindering police. He was arrested, capsicum sprayed and placed in the cells again. Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said Malady's behaviour was an enormous concern as he was unable to accept responsibility for his actions.He said that since being held in custody a medical report had been prepared which confirmed Malady was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder relating to his army service and substance abuse.Mr Klestadt said a range of support services had to be put in place and prison was not a place for people suffering from mental illness. However, he said assaulting an ambulance officer who had been called to help was completely unacceptable.