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March 3, 2021

Police assaulted in Casino

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Police say they were attacked on the weekend in Casino and have laid several charges against a man.

Police will allege that on Sunday evening they heard noise coming from Garry McGrath Car Sales yard. They saw a man on the passenger side of a white 1991 panel van on the lot. They then saw a man throw something at the passenger window and heard glass smashing then the man climbed in through the broken window of the car.

They then saw the man get out of the vehicle and walk over towards a phone booth on the corner of Centre and Stapleton Streets where he met up with a female on a mountain bike.

The police approached the two and saw the man was drinking some form of spirits from a ceramic mug and then he became abusive and started swearing at the officers. Police informed him they believed he was involved in smashing a car window at the car yard and was going to be searched – when he refused he raised his hand holding the mug and one officer says he thought that the mug was going to be thrown at him due to the man’s aggressive demeanor.

Police staff say the man’s speech was slurred, and he was extremely intoxicated.

After a scuffle he was pushed to the ground tearing one officer’s shirt in the process.

Further police arrived to assist restraining him as he was still trying to hit police with the mug. The mug had to be physically forced from his hand so police could cuff him.

He was still struggling and screaming at police and attempting to throw himself around while restrained and escorted to the caged vehicle. Once in the rear of the caged vehicle he started to yell and threaten police as well as kick and head butt the truck from inside the capsule.

Police took him to the Casino Police Station where he continued to be hostile and threaten police and kick at the custody dock after being placed in there.

He was later charged with three offences to attend Casino Local Court : 1. Destroy or Damage Property; 2. Resist or Hinder Police Officer in execution of duty; 3. Assault officer in execution of duty.

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