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Man arrested for ‘extremely aggressive’ argument in Roma

A man has found himself before a court after harassing people on the streets of Roma during an ‘extremely aggressive’ incident.

Police received complaints from community members that Benjamin Ross Penrose was harassing people on the street from his vehicle on August 12, 2020.

They found him on Arthur St at 10pm and found a glass pipe in his car.

Penrose said ‘you got me’ when drugs were found in the centre console in a sunglasses bag, police prosecutor sergeant Heather Whiting told the Roma Magistrates Court on January 20.

“When questioned, the defendant stated it was meth and it belonged to him,” sergeant Whiting said.

The court heard methylamphetamine was found in his saliva.

Two days later on August 14, 2020, four men were found in a street disturbance where Penrose was waving his arms around in the air in an ‘extremely aggressive manner’, sergeant Whiting said.

He kept doing it after police told him to sit down, telling them to “f—k off”.

Police arrested him in front of a restaurant, but he threw a can of drink to the ground in the process.

Seargent Whiting said he was ‘beating his chest like a monkey’ and yelled “f—k off this is bullshit” during the arrest.

Witnesses told police Penrose grabbed a man by the shirt and punched him.

Solicitor Leilani Carter said Penrose acknowledged his behaviour was completely unacceptable.

Ms Carter said Penrose was engaging with Drug Arm from November 2019, but became disengaged after COVID.

“I’m instructed that Mr Penrose was returning from a night out, while he had been drinking,” Ms Carter said.

“The charges arose in the context of a verbal argument and an exchange of words between Mr Penrose and the other three males, during which one of them threatened Mr Penrose with a knife.”

He was just off parole when these incidents happened and the court heard Penrose has an extensive criminal history, particularly of violence.

Penrose pleaded guilty to public nuisance, obstructing police while adversely affected, possessing utensils, two counts of possessing dangerous drugs, and driving while relevant drugs was present in saliva.

Magistrate Peter Saggers said Penrose’s drug use and criminal history risks him going to jail and serving actual time.

“Your drinking and drug use are tending to get you into trouble,” Magistrate Saggers said.

“You need to continue to go see drug arm. You need to continue to sort these things out.”

Penrose was punished with three months of imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, 80 hours of community service, 18 months of probation, and the mandatory licence disqualification of one month.

Convictions were recorded.

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