17-year-old fined for 'appalling' behaviour at Riverlink
AFTER being asked to leave an Ipswich shopping centre, an unruly teenager reacted by abusing security staff, spitting on the floor and threatening police.
At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Aidan Petar Wilson pleaded guilty to obstructing police and creating a public nuisance.
The 17-year-old was brought to the attention of security staff at Riverlink Shopping Centre for creating a disturbance at Wallace Bishop Jewellers on August 21.
Wilson had been repeatedly banging his hands on the counter of the shop.
When security asked him to stop, he ignored them and gestured that he had ear phones in his ears so he couldn't hear their requests.
As security escorted him out of the shopping centre he began verbally abusing them.
He also spat phlegm on the floor on numerous occasions.
The teen refused to leave Riverlink and walked laps around the centre before police arrived and tried to intervene.
When the officers attempted to detain Wilson he swore at them and tried to push past.
As a consequence, he was placed under arrest.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the teenager made threats to hit police as they took him into custody.
Defence lawyer Cameron Hodges said Wilson was an unemployed father to a two-year-old daughter with his second child due in December.
Mr Hodges said his client had been "angry" and "frustrated" because of an unrelated matter when he committed the offences.
He said Wilson was apologetic for his actions.
Magistrate Donna MacCallum condemned Wilson's behaviour as "appalling".
She told the teenage dad that even if he was feeling upset about something, he had no right to take it out on other people.
Wilson was convicted and fined $600.