PUBLIC EYE: Constable Scott O'Donovan and Constable Katherine Stafford stand by cameras.
PUBLIC EYE: Constable Scott O'Donovan and Constable Katherine Stafford stand by cameras.

Assault right under camera



THE all-seeing eye of Big Brother was well and truly watching when a nightclub-goer decided to lash out at police in Rockhampton on Saturday.

The cameras rolled on as the oblivious 20-year-old man kicked and bit a police officer who was trying to remove him from a Rockhampton night club.

Unfortunately for this man, The Weekend Bulletin was just hours away from hitting driveways and stores around Central Queensland with news that police would now be using security footage like never before.

From this weekend, police and Rockhampton City Council plan to release images of criminals caught on closed-circuit television surveillance cameras.

If convicted, the 20-year-old man may be one of the first to be featured in pictures, which until now, were rarely released to the public.

The man, of Ruse in New South Wales, has been charged with one count of serious assault, two counts of obstructing police and has received an infringement notice for refusing to leave a licensed premises.

The assault occurred about 2.45am on Saturday when police on patrol noticed security guards restraining the man.

The man had been refusing to leave the club's main entrance and had then struggled with police.

It is alleged the man kicked a male officer in the stomach and chest, then bit the same officer on the wrist while being escorted to a police car.

The man was taken into police custody and is due to appear again at the Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.



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