A MAN who had to be capsicum sprayed after abusing police has been convicted and fined $700.
Trent Lamshed-Cunniffe pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court recently to assaulting police and behaving in an offensive manner.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said Lamshed-Cunniffe was walking across the Echuca-Moama bridge on January 11 ‘‘swearing and ranting at cars’’.
‘‘Police spoke with him but he continued to act in an erratic manner,’’ she said.
‘‘He wouldn’t calm down and got in the face of members. Police warned him but he lunged at one of the officers, placing him in fear of being assaulted.’’
He was OC sprayed and handcuffed and taken to Echuca police station. Representing himself in court, Lamshed-Cunniffe said he was upset at the time because he had just had an argument with his girlfriend in Moama.
‘‘You can’t take it out on police,’’ magistrate Sarah Leighfield said.
Ms Leighfield took into account his personal circumstances, his early plea of guilty and limited history.