A FORMER junior football coach has been convicted and fined $1500 after struggling with police following a Christmas party last year.
Nanjing Night Net

Clinton William May, 31, of Laverock Road, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Tuesday to a large number of offences.

Those charges included assaulting police, being drunk, refusing to state his name and address, acting in a manner prejudicial to a good order of a police jail, refusing to leave licensed premises, using threatening words and six counts of resisting police.

Yesterday, before sentencing, defence counsel Jonathan Makary clarified that May was not now coaching the juniors at the East Warrnambool Football Netball Club.

He said his client had not coached since 2009 after the defence solicitor submitted on Tuesday that May was a current junior coach.

Mr Makary said that information was submitted as part of a miscommunication involving his client.

Magistrate Ian von Einem again told May yesterday that police officers were not punching bags for every drunk in town.

The magistrate said police officers deserved the respect of the public or the whole fabric of society would start to break down.

He said that May claimed to have not consumed alcohol since the Christmas party and was the sole provider for his family, which includes five children.

As well as being convicted and fined $1500, May was also banned from licensed premises in Warrnambool for 12 months between 10pm and 6am.

Police said in evidence that on December 10 last year May attended a Christmas party at the Flying Horse Bar and Brewery. About 11.40pm he was drunk, refused to leave when requested by staff and was escorted from the premises.

He gave a false name and date of birth to police before becoming aggressive and it eventually took six officers to make the arrest. He kicked out at police and threatened them and their families.

In the police cells he ripped up a cushion, tried to block the sink and flood the cell and refused to be interviewed.

Mr Makary said that in the past his client had got into trouble when he drank alcohol to excess.

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