Man Charged With Punching And Kneeing Australian Police Officer On Duty
An Australian man has been detained and charged after allegedly assaulting a police officer in New South Wales this morning (14 July).
Officers attached to Tuggerah Lakes Police District say they were called to Halekulani, south of Newcastle, following reports of a man yelling loudly and trying to get into other properties.
The 28-year-old man was also accused of threatening nearby residents.
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When police rocked up, they saw him go back into his own home without any problems. However, about two hours later they received notification that he had returned and was allegedly trespassing and threatening residents again.
Two officers spoke with the man, who say he became 'aggressive'.
The man is then accused of punching a 47-year-old senior constable in the head several times. Despite being restrained, he allegedly managed to lunge at the senior constable again and knee her in the head.
Officers eventually restrained and arrested him.
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NSW Police have issued a statement, saying: "The senior constable sustained facial lacerations and was treated at the scene before being taken to Wyong Hospital for further treatment.
"The 28-year-old man was taken to Wyong Police Station where he was charged with two counts of enter inclosed land not prescribed premises without lawful excuse, stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (personal), assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm, resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty, and intimidate police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm.
"He was refused bail to appear in Wyong Local Court today."
NSW Police have posted two photos of the senior constable to illustrate the extent of her injuries.
People who saw the images on social media were horrified.
One user wrote: "I hope the officer is ok and recovering. The physical trauma is one thing the emotional mental health is another."
Another added: "I am so sorry this has happened to a senior constable just doing her job. Sending best wishes and healing thoughts."
A third said: "Thoughts are with her and her family."
Featured Image Credit: NSW Police