Man on acid spat at female ambulance staffer

North Mackay man Raymond Kerr, 20, has pleaded guilty to spitting at a QAS officer.
North Mackay man Raymond Kerr, 20, has pleaded guilty to spitting at a QAS officer. Contributed

Update, Friday 1.33pm:

A NORTH Mackay man has been ordered to undergo community service after he spat at a Queensland Ambulance Services staffer.

In Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday, Raymond Oscar Kerr, 20, was ordered to do 150 hours of community service. No conviction was recorded.


AFTER a 20-year-old former youth mentor took acid and injured his hand, he spat at a Queensland Ambulance Services staffer.

North Mackay man Raymond Oscar Kerr pleaded guilty, in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, to assaulting a public officer.

Defence solicitor Zoe Craven argued that Kerr's "extremely good" character meant he should escape jail time and undergo community based orders.

Prosecutor Sheena Hayes said that on March 20, about 12.40am, emergency services officers went to Kerr's home after receiving reports of a drug overdose.

Kerr was being held down by family and friends, who said he had taken acid, become aggressive and punched a window.

Kerr's arm was cut and the QAS transferred him to Mackay Base Hospital.

Upon arriving at the hospital, Kerr spat at the back of one QAS staffer.

The woman wheeled Kerr's stretcher into the hospital and, while staff were trying to transfer him to a hospital bed, Kerr spat at her again, this time hitting her chest.

In a police interview later, Kerr said he had taken acid at a friend's house and couldn't remember anything until waking up in hospital about 2am.

Ms Craven said it was the first time he had experimented with the drug and said Kerr felt remorse and shame and had sent an apology letter to the victim.

She said the spittle had not made contact with the officer's skin.

Ms Craven said Kerr's hand had taken two months to heal, and the apprentice boilermaker had had to take time off work and had suffered financially.

She said during school Kerr had volunteered and worked as youth mentor, making a "significant contribution to the community".

She provided a number of character references to the court.

Ms Craven said Kerr was soon expecting his first child with his partner of three years.

Magistrate Nerida Wilson said jail time was a potentially appropriate punishment for the seriousness of the offence. She adjourned the matter for sentencing on Thursday.

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