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Man’s ‘vile, demeaning’ act on cops

Harrison Allan Dargusch pleaded guilty to three counts of serious assault.

A young man spat and threw blood at police officers and paramedics after a welfare check took a vile and aggressive turn in front of his young children, a court has been told.

Harrison Allan Dargusch was spared jail during a tearful sentencing at Brisbane District Court on Monday amid the “unusual” circumstances that led to the disgusting act on the officers.

Instead, the 26-year-old was released immediately on parole.

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“I made a mistake that night and I’m more than sorry for it,” Dargusch said.

Brisbane District Court was told Harrison Allan Dargusch spat and threw blood at police as they attended his house in September last year for a welfare check.
Brisbane District Court was told Harrison Allan Dargusch spat and threw blood at police as they attended his house in September last year for a welfare check.

Dargusch, from Kallangur, pleaded guilty to three counts of serious assault.

The court was told police and paramedics were called to Dargusch’s house the night of September 29 last year over concerns he was suicidal.

Dargusch came out of the shower and retreated to the kitchen, inadvertently kicking one of his children along the way.

Crown prosecutor Jane Shaw said the young man cut his finger with a knife before being subdued.

He kicked a police officer in the thigh during the struggle, she said.

The court was told Dargusch became “agitated” upon learning his child had been kicked and lashed out, throwing bloodied toilet paper at the officers and spitting at them.

Ms Shaw said the officers had to get tested for diseases afterwards.

“They were there to assist him (Dargusch) and the use of spittle and blood as a weapon is particularly egregious,” she said.

“They should not be subjected to such abuse and violence.”

Dargusch’s defence barrister told the court his client was “appalled” by his behaviour.

The court was told he had a “stressful” day speaking about his personal issues with a psychiatrist and had been drinking heavily on the night of the offence.

He has been sober ever since.

Dargusch’s barrister said he was not of unsound mind at the time but his mental and psychological issues should be taken into account.

Judge Leanne Clare took Dargusch’s complex mental health and traumatic childhood into account when she sentenced him for the “vile and demeaning” acts.

“It is apparent to anyone you are genuinely remorseful,” she said.

Dargusch received six months’ jail for each count of serious assault, to be served concurrently.

Judge Clare ordering he be immediately released on parole.

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