Abuse and threats lead to two more criminal convictions for Dougherty

MICHAEL FORBES
Last updated 05:00 22/01/2011
David Dougherty
WARWICK SMITH/Manawatu Standard
DAVID DOUGHERTY: Behaved in abusive manner after taking an excess of antidepressant medication with alcohol

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David Dougherty has added to his lengthy list of criminal convictions, after two outbursts and threats of using martial arts violence against police.

Dougherty, who was compensated after being wrongly jailed for the rape and abduction of an Auckland schoolgirl in the early 1990s, was convicted in Palmerston North District Court yesterday on two charges of disorderly behaviour.

Dougherty, 43, did not appear in court, instead pleading guilty to both charges via a letter.

The police summary of facts shows the first incident took place on January 13, when police were called to an address in Rangitira Ave, Palmerston North, by Dougherty's former partner, after he verbally abused her.

Police arrived to find Dougherty, his former partner and another woman outside the house. Dougherty was "extremely intoxicated" after taking an excess of prescribed antidepressant medication with alcohol.

As police tried to speak to him, Dougherty kept brushing them away and warning officers he had a Third Dan martial arts rating.

He then became "obnoxious and verbally abusive" toward police before trying to rekindle the argument with his former partner.

When police intervened, Dougherty began "flailing his arms around" at an officer.

He was then arrested. His explanation was that he had taken medication and alcohol to suppress his anxiety after his mother fell "gravely" ill.

Dougherty's next outburst came two days later, at a routine police traffic stop near the intersections of Featherston and Ruahine streets.

He became "enraged at the sight of police and began screaming a torrent of abuse in the direction of the patrol car, while gesturing wildly", the summary said.

He then abused members of the public as they went through the intersection.

Dougherty's explanation for the second outburst was that he believed police had killed his mother. He was convicted and fined $200 on each charge.

He now has more than 70 convictions, not counting his quashed rape conviction, and is still to be sentenced on a burglary charge.

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