Matthew John Roberts, 29, appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Monday and was convicted of breaking a police car window after he had been arrested in South Waikato earlier this month.
Roberts had travelled from Blenheim to Putaruru to see his child on September 2. He went to his child's school but had been trespassed previously by his former partner.
Police arrived but Roberts refused to move from the entrance to the school.
His lawyer, Bryony Millar, said he had not seen his child for more than six months and had made arrangements to see the child with his former partner. When he realised he couldn't see his child, he became really upset, Mrs Millar said.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single said Roberts yelled abuse at police and resisted arrest. He continued to resist arrest after he fell to the ground. Police used pepper spray after they had warned him they would if he continued to be aggressive.
Once he was arrested, he was put into the back of a police car. He lay down on his back and kicked at the back window, damaging it. He told officers he had come from the South Island to see his child and was angry when he couldn't.
He was charged with disorderly behaviour, resisting arrest and intentional damage.
Judge Mill said his conduct was disgraceful. "I know you were disappointed but that is no excuse for acting in that way."
He convicted him and ordered him to pay $1500 reparation for the broken window and $400 on the other two charges.
- The Marlborough Express