A BALLARAT man who was jailed for two years in January, yesterday pleaded guilty to a string of fresh offences resulting from his behaviour while in the dock of the court during sentencing.
Jacob Charles Aspland, 22, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to charges including assaulting and resisting police.
The court heard Aspland was seated with police in the dock of the court on January 30 this year when he became physically and verbally aggressive towards police and the magistrate.
Detailing the offending to the court, prosecutor Senior Constable Vikki Chaffey said at one point Aspland tried to wrestle a bottle of capsicum spray from a police officer.
Senior Constable Chaffey said Aspland shouted abuse at police members, swearing profusely and calling them dogs. She said he also pointed towards the magistrate and called him a dog.
“Like I care,” Aspland yelled as police tried to restrain him.
The court heard two police officers received injuries to their fingers after trying to restrain Aspland.
Aspland was unable to be interviewed due to his aggressive nature.
Yesterday, Aspland’s defence lawyer Scott Belcher told the court his client had a “long, sad and sorry history”, including a lack of family support and drug and alcohol abuse.
Mr Belcher said Aspland, who was forced to live on the streets after being kicked out of home at age 13, had become a model detainee while in custody.
“He has been very productive and has undertaken a number of courses,” Mr Belcher said.
Magistrate Peter Mithen said he was pleased Aspland had used his time effectively while in custody, but added the charges were serious.
Aspland received another 14 days on his two-year sentence, ordered to be served cumulatively.