Offender learns lesson through pepper spray

An 18-year-old Canowindra man has been given a conditional release order for 12 months at Cowra Local Court.

Jack Fliedner of Lynn Street was before the court charged with hindering a police officer in execution of their duty.

According to police facts around 9.10pm on February 27, police observed a woman standing in the middle of Ferguson Street.

Police issued the woman with a move on notice and were sworn at, police then pulled over and returned to the woman who failed to comply with their directions.

Police then made the decision to arrest the woman, during the process of the arrest Fliedner exited a nearby residence and challenged police about their right to make the arrest.

Worried about a violent confrontation with Fliedner police deployed a one second burst of Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spay, causing him to return to the veranda of the residence with his friends.

Police contacted an ambulance which arrived and treated Fliedner despite his disapproval.

Fliedner's solicitor Clive Hill said his client and the woman had been at a party that was subject to a previous noise complaint.

Mr Hill said his client was trying to bring the woman back inside the residence and thought he was helping the situation.

"He's copped a face full of pepper spray, he's learnt his lesson, I think," he said.

"He was trying to do the right thing by bringing the woman inside."

During sentencing, Magistrate Michael O'Brien, said actions like Fliedner's were the last thing police needed when executing a lawful arrest.

"The sooner you learn there are legitimate ways to register your complaints the better. It is not your place to remonstrate with the police."

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