Dennis John Doolan, 32, of Wollowra Street received Section 9 Good Behavior bonds for 18 months at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday March 8.
Doolan was before the court on charges of larceny and hindering a police officer in the execution of duty that occurred while he was on parole late last year.
According to police facts, on September 26, 2016 Doolan’s victim was using the poker machines in the Cowra Bowling Club when Doolan and a co-accused entered from the smoking room. While the co-accused spoke to the victim Doolan took the victim’s purse from beside the poker machine.
On November 3, 2016 having stopped a vehicle he was travelling in police attempted to arrest Doolan for a revocation of parole warrant. During this arrest Doolan refused to put his hands out to be handcuffed, whilst he was inside the vehicle one cuff was placed on Doolan who was then asked to exit the vehicle.
Once Doolan was out of the vehicle the arresting officer attempted to place the second cuff onto Doolan who tensed his body and moved his hands away and continued to move his hands around as the officer tried to arrest him. A short time later, with the assistance of other officers both cuffs were placed on Doolan who was then taken to Cowra police station.
Police prosecution argued that Doolan’s larceny offence. while opportunistic, “occurred while he was on parole for a very serious matter involving theft”.
Doolan’s ALS solicitor Nidal Abdi argued that Doolan’s hindrance of police was on the lower end of hindrances adding he had become paranoid of police and authority figures since being involved with a police shooting.
“He’s quite scared of police now, that’s why he wasn’t helpful to police. Since being shot by them its had an effect on him and that’s being shown as paranoia of police and authority figures,” Mr Abdi said.
“But he’s also been paranoid around family members, there may be a case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder now.
“His formative years were spent experimenting with drugs and that’s what keeps bringing him back to jail.”