Shearer jailed for police assault

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A Kurow man was sentenced to imprisonment yesterday after an incident which lead to the assault of two police officers and an ambulance officer.

Shaun Peter McClintock, 28, shearer, of Kurow, appeared in the Oamaru District Court yesterday on three charges of assaulting a police officer and ambulance officer, two charges of common assault and one charge of wilful damage.

Judge Joanna Maze convicted and sentenced McClintock to nine months’ imprisonment for the three assaulting officer charges and one month’s imprisonment (to be served concurrently) for both common assault charges.

The offender was also convicted and discharged for the wilful damage charge.

This latter charge was laid following an incident at a Kurow address on July 10, 2014, where an intoxicated McClintock was angered by being asked to leave and head-butted his sister’s motor vehicle causing the driver’s side front door window to smash.

The first common assault occurred after McClintock, who had been drinking at another victim’s address in Kurow on July 21, 2014, punched him in the face.

The final four matters were a result of an argument at another address in Kurow on the evening of November 8 and morning of November 9, 2014.

McClintock had an argument with the first victim and attempted to punch him in the head but both fell to the ground in a scuffle until police arrived.

Two police constables and an ambulance officer attended the scene shortly after midnight and the offender attempted to head-butt one of constables.

The constable managed to avoid being struck but the offender spat blood on his face laughing and falsely stating he had Hepatitis C.

While being transported to Oamaru he repeatedly spat blood and saliva inside the patrol vehicle at two police officers and an ambulance officer stating he had HIV and Hepatitis C.