A man who threatened to bash a female police officer inside a court building has been jailed.
Matthew John Morris pleaded guilty at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Wednesday to seven charges.
Police lawyer Jenna Bridges told the court Morris was discussing his case in an interview room with a police prosecutor at the Bendigo Magistrates' Court in May 2019 when he became upset and aggressive.
When the prosecutor asked him to leave the building, Morris said he would 'knock the glasses off' her face and threatened to bash her.
The prosecutor asked 'are you threatening a member of the police force?' and Morris replied 'it is not a threat, it is a promise'.
Morris was also charged with assault an emergency worker on duty on December 14, 2019 when he was arrested for a number of other matters that were also before the court on Wednesday.
Ms Bridges said when police attempted to handcuff Morris, he said 'I will punch you in the f**ken face you dog' and continued to make threats.
You are not a stranger to imprisonment... You have to do some imprisonment on this.Magistrate Letizia Torres
A defence lawyer said Morris had considerable priors, but did complete a community corrections order imposed in 2018 that showed he had the capacity to comply with court orders.
The lawyer said Morris had issues with alcohol consumption and had bipolar.
Magistrate Letizia Torres said the sentence imposed needed to reflect the seriousness and repetition of the offending.
"You are not a stranger to imprisonment... You have to do some imprisonment on this," she said.
Morris was convicted and sentenced to three months imprisonment followed by a two year community corrections order upon his release.
The order includes requirements he undergo assessment and treatment for alcohol and cannabis use, attend a men's behaviour change program and undergo supervision.
"I want the court to have oversight of you and what you do for a very long time," Ms Torres said.
"There are things about your attitude and the way you are behaving that are completely unacceptable. This order will control your life when you get out of prison."
Morris has already served 60 days of his prison sentence.
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