Man pinches mum's police badge to play cops at pubs
A SOLICITOR representing a Nimbin man who stole his mother's police badge to get into Sydney pubs has told a court he didn't use the badge for "any personal gain, such as getting free McDonald's".
The son of two servicing police officers, 20-year-old Jaimee Matthew Linton pleaded guilty last week in the Downing Centre Local Court to impersonating a police officer.
The court heard Linton and his mother, Detective Senior Constable Tracey Linton, travelled from Casino to Sydney on December 15.
His big night out started when he and his mother went to the Three Wise Monkeys pub on George St for a meal and several drinks, followed by more drinks at the Pyrmont Hotel.
On the way back to their hotel, court documents stated Linton and his mother bought "one or two long neck bottles of beer" and stopped for a meal at McDonald's.
Back at the hotel, Linton told his mother he was "going out to a hotel nearby", before he stole her police badge.
At 11.25pm, court documents stated Linton approached security guard Nazam Atie, outside a pub on Pitt St, flashed his mother's badge and said "good evening".
Five minutes later, Linton left the pub and went to the Civic Hotel. A security guard who believed Linton was a police officer asked him, "Is there anything I can help you with?".
"Did you see a fight here, or a group of boys that had a riot here in Pitt St?" Linton asked.
When the guard said he hadn't, court documents said Linton reported this into an earpiece.
At 11.44pm when Linton went back to the first pub. A security officer asked for his badge number and he replied "go f**k yourself".
When he was arrested, police found he was carrying his mother's police badge.
Linton's solicitor Paul McGirr said the entire episode amounted to immature behaviour by his client.
"Thankfully he didn't use the badge for any personal gain, such as getting free McDonald's," News Corp reported.
Magistrate Michael O'Brien placed Linton on a good behaviour bond.