A violent confrontation with police in which a South West man kicked an officer in the chest and threatened to kill them in the midst of a mental health breakdown has landed him behind bars. Oliver Gregory Mansell appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court via video link from Bunbury Regional Prison on November 22 when he was jailed for six months and fined $700 after pleading guilty to a range of offences including assaulting a public officer, being armed in a way that caused fear and making a threat to harm another person. The court was told Mansell was on home detention bail in Margaret River for an unrelated District Court matter and was subject to a curfew when police went to check on him during the evening of August 23. But when police knocked on the door they found Mansell was not home and later found him walking along Railway Terrace close by. As police tried to talk to Mansell to advise him he had breached his bail, Mansell began shouting obscenities and warned them “don’t come closer, I’ll kill you c...” before jumping out on to the road in front of traffic. As officers tried to approach Mansell to get him off the road, he reached behind his back seemingly for a weapon, prompting officers to use capsicum spray. While police attempted to arrest Mansell after he tripped on the ground, he kicked out with both of his legs, kicking one officer in the chest and managing to reach for a pocket knife as he violently resisted arrest. After police took him to hospital for a mental health assessment, the court was told Mansell threatened to self-harm. The court was also told the offending placed Mansell in breach of an intensive supervision order he was placed on after an incident in Perth in which he sneaked into bed with a 17-year-old girl and began touching her. Mansell’s lawyer Carolyn Smiddy-Brown said her client had relapsed into alcohol misuse following problems at home while he was on bail and the prospect of facing the District Court had taken a toll on his mental health at the time. “He was totally mentally unstable,” she said. Magistrate Belinda Coleman backdated the six-month jail term to commence when he was brought into custody in September. He was already eligible for parole, having spent three months in custody on remand.