A woman-assaulting, windscreen-smashing East Devonport man who punched a policeman in the face is in custody awaiting sentencing.
Nineteen-year-old father of two Samuel John Johnson on Thursday pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and various other charges.
The Supreme Court, in Burnie, heard he punched Acting Sgt Michael Hollingsworth to the face on or about January 27 at East Devonport.
Crown prosecutor Yolanda Prenc said Johnson and others had celebrated Australia Day and Johnson left the celebrations with his female partner in the early hours of January 27.
They began to argue on the street, leading to the occupant of a nearby house going to the front door and yelling: “What the hell is going on?”
Johnson said he would get the man, Mrs Prenc said, and he started running towards the man, saying he would kill him.
The man locked the door.
Johnson threw a rock and broke a window in the house and damaged the front door.
Police were called.
Johnson continued to argue with his partner, pushed her to the ground and sat on her, the court heard.
Police arrived and Acting Sgt Hollingsworth approached Johnson, holding capsicum spray.
The officer felt a sudden impact to his face, fell and blacked out for a few seconds, Mrs Prenc said.
She said Johnson had punched the officer to the head.
Johnson ran and was chased down by Acting Sgt Hollingsworth’s female partner.
He tried to break free and she sprayed him, Mrs Prenc said.
He later admitted it was more than likely he had smashed one car windscreen in the area and had stomped on another and smashed it.
Lucy Flanagan, for Johnson, saidJohnson had consumed a lot of alcohol before the incident, and had recognised alcohol abuse was an issue for him.
She said he became hostile towards his partner after she received a phone call from a man with whom she had previously had a relationship.
Ms Flanagan said the two were yelling at each other in the street and Johnson was “not proud of his behaviour”.
She said her client was embarrassed and remorseful, and was motivated to change his behaviour.
Justice David Porter remanded Johnson in custody for sentencing on May 11 and required a report on his suitability for probation.
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