Scott Brian Thompson outside Ipswich Magistrates Court. Photo Contributed
Scott Brian Thompson outside Ipswich Magistrates Court. Photo Contributed Contributed

Carer receives fine for fray at courthouse

A 26-YEAR-OLD carer said he "stuffed up" after he became involved in a fray with security officers at Ipswich Magistrates Court.

Scott Brian Thompson became hostile towards a security officer after his girlfriend was asked to show identification during a security check at the front entrance of the courthouse.

Thompson questioned the authority of the male officer and argued that the man had no right to ask for the ID.

The verbal dispute turned physical after Thompson refused to leave the courthouse after being repeatedly instructed to do so by the security officer.

When the officer tried to detain him, a struggle ensued.

Other security officers intervened as did Thompson's friend, Tyrone Hungerford, 18.

As a result, police were called to the scene and both Thompson and Hungerford were arrested.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Thompson pleaded guilty to resisting a security officer and failing to comply with the direction of a senior protective security officer to leave a building.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Steve De Lissa said the incident took place on May 11.

Thompson told the court that he had "stuffed up" and in hindsight should have listened to the security officer instead of arguing with him.

The Ipswich man said he had a "short fuse" and was working to keep his temper in check.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told Thompson that even she had to show identification to security when she visited the courthouse.

"Security within the courthouse is very important," she said.

"That's why there are officers who are protecting not only the people who work here but all the other people who are attending court."

Ms Sturgess said the security officers were just doing their job and that people needed to respect their authority.

Thompson was convicted and fined $600.

Hungerford is facing two charges of assault occasioning bodily harm while in company for unrelated incidents and is due to reappear in court on June 17.

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