Concreter harasses teens after 7-Eleven death threat
A Coast concreter was found harassing a group of 17-year-old girls with his pants zipper undone after he threatened to kill a person in a 7-Eleven, a court has heard.
Guy Lindan Grimwood was drunk when he started eating items in front of the counter at a Maroochydore 7-Eleven on February 15.
Police prosecutor Mark Burrell said Grimwood had opened about six food items, valued at $27.90.
"At times only taking one bite and throwing the food on the ground and leaving the store without making or attempting to make payment," Senior Constable Burrell said.
He said Grimwood became verbally aggressive towards a person who told him he would have to pay for the items and threatened to kill and assault them.
Police later found Grimwood down the road at Maroochydore McDonald's restaurant where he was harassing a group of 17-year-old girls.
One of the girls told police the 47-year-old was staring and came within 1m of her.
The girl asked Grimwood to leave her and her friends alone twice, saying "please leave me alone I'm only 17" on one of the occasions.
Constable Burrell said in response to being asked to leave the girls alone, the Bli Bli resident yelled "you've got a smart mouth c..t".
He said Grimwood continued to harass the girls, who were "fearful for their safety", until police arrived.
He said Grimwood was extremely intoxicated and had his button and zipper to his pants partially undone.
Grimwood pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday to one count of stealing and two counts of public nuisance.
He had five public nuisance offences on his history.
Constable Burrell said Grimwood had large fines in the past and suggested a suspended sentence as an appropriate punishment.
"Clearly fines are not working to deter … (Grimwood)," he said.
Duty lawyer Rachel Holland said probation would help Grimwood deal with a "serious alcohol problem".
Ms Holland said her client had taken steps to rehabilitate and was engaged in the community diversion program.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan said Grimwood's behaviour was outrageous.
"People doing an evening's work don't want to put up with an idiot like you pretending you're big and powerful, you're not, you're drunk, you're intoxicated," he said.
Mr Callaghan said a probation officer would not be able to help Grimwood, who was "too old" for probation.
He sentenced him to four months in prison and suspended it for 18 months.
Grimwood was warned if he was to offend again during the 18 months he would go to prison.