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Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, where police say they encountered a drug-affected naked man they tasered, pepper sprayed and batoned before they could subdue and arrest him. Photo Mantra Resorts
Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff, where police say they encountered a drug-affected naked man they tasered, pepper sprayed and batoned before they could subdue and arrest him. Photo Mantra Resorts

Last Wednesday (October 4), Tweed-Byron police say they were forced to use pepper spray, a taser gun and a baton on a drug-affected naked man who was ‘behaving strangely’ around the Matra Hotel on Salt Beach at Kingscliff.

When police arrived at the hotel, at about 11:20am, they spotted the accused man just outside the front doors of the resort.

They attempted to arrest the man, who they say then began backing away, muttering and rambling.

As police grabbed his arms to escort him to a police vehicle, they allege the man began to struggle and flail his arms around, knocking one officer onto the ground, before running away.

They spotted him again at the intersection of Casuarina Way and Point Break Circuit, where he was standing in the middle of the road attempting to cover his genitals.

Police again attempted to place him under arrest but they allege he violently resisted, resulting in them deploying pepper spray, which they say had no affect on the man.

According to the police report ‘the male continued to weave across the road and into bushland causing danger to himself and other road users.’

‘As a result of the spray having nil impact on the accused and the fact they were involved in a violent confrontation, police were forced to deploy a taser in an attempt to bring him under control,’ police said.

But police allege the taser also had no impact on the drug-affected male, who was eventually arrested – but not before they again used pepper spray and a police baton on him.

The male was bail refused to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court.

He is due to appear today (October 9) at Tweed Heads Local Court.


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