Man receives 12-month jail sentence for assault

Jail for Holben: The 28-year-old Esperance man received a 12-month jail sentence and more than $3,000 in fines after pleading guilty to all 19 charges. Photo: Stock Image.
Jail for Holben: The 28-year-old Esperance man received a 12-month jail sentence and more than $3,000 in fines after pleading guilty to all 19 charges. Photo: Stock Image.

Bradley James Holben has received a 12-month jail sentence and more than $3,000 in fines after pleading guilty to 19 charges, including assaulting a public officer, disorderly conduct and careless driving.

The 28-year-old Esperance man appeared in Esperance Magistrates Court via video link from Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison on Tuesday morning, July 9.

Holben pleaded guilty to all 19 charges, including seven counts of disorderly behaviour, two counts of assaulting a public officer, two counts of criminal damage and three counts of obstructing officers.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Carolyn Petersen told the court that on August 27, 2018, Holben failed to stop for police.

Police followed the accused for 500 metres before being instructed to cease the pursuit.

On November 13, 2018, Holben was stopped in relation to another matter before becoming irate, yelling expletives, including "Next time I see you, I'll punch you in the face and burn your ... house down".

Holben also yelled obscenities at passing motorists.

On January 8, 2019, Holben was on Tchan Street in Nulsen when he threatened officers before running through bushes to evade police.

Police found Holben on Lange Way, where the barrage of abuse continued and Holben refused to give officers his details.

Two days later, Holben was intoxicated on the corner of Andrew and Dempster Street when he ran in front of a vehicle before punching the driver. It is understood the pair were not known to each other.

Following a foot chase, officers arrested Holben and placed him in a secure holding dock, where he headbutted the glass several times and sustained lacerations to his head.

The accused was then taken to Esperance District Hospital, where he refused treatment and was returned to the holding dock.

On February 13, 2019, Holben was stopped by police as he rode an electric scooter.

Holben soon became hostile and threatened police.

According to police, Holben continued the threats and verbal abuse in lock up.

On June 22, 2019, a West Beach resident witnessed Holben on his verandah, turning the light on and asking him what he was doing before he left on foot.

Holben soon returned, damaging the resident's volkswagen.

When police arrived and attempted to arrest Holben, a violent struggle ensued, resulting in Holben being tasered.

Later, in the holding cell, Holben attempted to self harm.

Sergeant Peterson told the court that when Esperance Police officer Brendan Purdy told Holben to stop and attempted to intervene, Holben struck him in the chest.

The offender's lawyer, Clare Porter, told the court that Holben had had a troubled past and was eager to change his ways for the sake of his two-year-old son.

"Certainly the persistent offending is concerning and my client has an undesirable history," Miss Porter said.

"My client says his father left when he was two years old and that his father was a poor influence, with problems with alcoholism and violence.

"My client said he 'went off the rails' and began drinking in 2005, following the death of his grandfather, who he describes as like a father figure to him.

"Holben had long dreamt of taking over his grandfather's farm, however, following his passing, the property was sold.

"Mr Holben says he wakes up every day for his two-year-old son and hates his dependence on alcohol.

"My client is currently in alcohol counselling and is planning to begin his Cert 1 and 2 in business."

Magistrate Adam Hills-Wright said the anti-police theme that had emerged from the offending was concerning and adjourned the matter until Thursday, July 11.

On July 11, Holben received 12 months imprisonment, backdated to his arrest on June 22, 2019.

Holben also received a global fine of $2,500 for the seven disorderly conduct charges, $600 for the two damages and $300 for refusing to give his details to police.

Holben will be eligible for parole.