Sleeping in public many times causes nuisances for man

WHEN Grahame Alfred Greentree was woken from his slumber, he didn't expect it to be by the police.

The 37-year-old had a wake-up call by police on November 11, 2013, after sleeping in the entrance of a Rockhampton coffee shop.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday heard Greentree was asked to move on by police, but instead he swore at officers and told them he would "sleep where he wants".

He was charged with public nuisance at the time.

It's not the only incident where Greentree has been found fast asleep in a public place.

The court heard on January 28, last year he was sleeping on a bench at the Mobil service station in George St.

Police told Greentree to move on, but he decided to walk into the service station and ask staff who had "dobbed him in".

Duty lawyer William Prizeman said Greentree had reacted by swearing at the coffee shop incident because he was "intimidated" by police; and in the incident at the service station he had been waiting for a bus to take him to work when he fell asleep.

Along with public nuisance charges, Greentree was charged with obstructing police and failing to surrender in accordance with bail last month.

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll recorded a conviction and fined Greentree $1000.