CHARGED: A 63-year-old man appeared in Murgon Magistrates Court after refusing to go to hospital. Picture: Queensland Police
CHARGED: A 63-year-old man appeared in Murgon Magistrates Court after refusing to go to hospital. Picture: Queensland Police

Man, 63, fronts court after refusing to go to hospital

WHEN Murgon police were called to a home to check on the welfare of a 63-year-old man they called for an ambulance to take him to hospital because he was upset and crying.

However, when the Queensland Ambulance Service arrived Royden Todd Goodbar walked into his bedroom, got into bed and refused to go to hospital.

Police had no other options but to take hold of the man to help him to hospital but when they did he rolled onto his back and in the process kicked the sergeant in the chin.

In Murgon Magistrates Court on November 5 police prosecutor Barry Stevens said the situation escalated when Goodbar reached for the officer’s taser.

He was stopped in a struggle, restrained and taken into hospital.

He was charged with obstructing a police officer.

Magistrate Andrew Sinclair recognised that Goodbar, who had next to no criminal history, was quite unwell but was less than helpful when ambulance and police officers offered their assistance.

He was placed on a good behaviour order for three months with no conviction to be recorded if he abides by it.