Two Derby men will be sentenced next month, having been found guilty of violent outbursts after police refused them entry to a local bottle shop. Quinton Manfred Gabriel Fiebig and Jake Lovell appeared in Derby Magistrate’s Court last Thursday when they were found guilty of failing to leave a licensed premises when instructed to, assaulting public officers, and disorderly behaviour in public. In a two-day trial, the court was told Fiebig and Lovell arrived at the bottle shop within the Spinifex Hotel grounds on the evening on April 12 last year but were refused service by the two police officers stationed outside the store. Statewide takeaway liquor restrictions were in place in the wake of COVID-19 and concerns about an increase in alcohol-fuelled violence. Despite both Lovell and Fiebig giving evidence they believed racial prejudice was the reason they were refused service, both Sen. Const. Sarah Turner and First Class Const. David Manera told the court they observed the two men to be unsteady on their feet, fidgety and glassy-eyed, deeming them to be under the influence. When the pair were refused service, the two men became angry and yelled obscenities at the officers, repeatedly calling them “racist white c...s” while pacing back and forth. Magistrate Stephen Sharratt found the police officers’ evidence — backed up by body-worn camera footage and evidence from a bottle shop employee stating the refusal of service sparked instant and ongoing anger — proved the two men had been behaving in a disorderly way and refused to leave the bottle shop when instructed. Mr Sharratt also found the arrest was lawful and the two officers had not used excessive force. Despite Sen. Const. Turner repeatedly telling Fiebig he was under arrest, neither Fiebig nor Lovell paid attention, claiming they did not hear her. When Sen. Const. Turner and First Class Const. Manera both grabbed Fiebig to place him under arrest, Mr Sharratt found Fiebig had an “explosive” reaction, pinning the two officers against a nearby wall. The situation escalated as Fiebig continued to resist arrest, prompting First Class Const. Manera to draw his taser and discharge it, and later to use pepper spray when Fiebig followed First Class Const. Manera around a corner. Lovell was seen blocking Sen. Const. Turner from getting to her partner to assist, and began punching First Class Const. Manera in the body and head. Mr Sharratt found the use of force by the officers was justified. Fiebig and Lovell will be sentenced on February 25.