Comet on assault charge

By FRAZER PEARCE ? THE Central Queensland Comets' season went from bad to worse on the weekend when one of the league team's squad members was charged with assaulting a police officer.

The charge was laid against rugby league front-rower John Stone Faupula, after an incident at a Rockhampton nightclub early on Sunday.

Rockhampton City police Inspector Graham Coleman said the allegations against a 20-year-old Rockhampton man included the following.

He was involved in an altercation at the nightclub about 2am and was ejected by three security guards.

He became "very aggressive'' and tried to punch security staff.

Two police officers patrolling the area as part of Operation Hazel stopped to help security officers.

The man was handcuffed by police but continued to struggle with the officers and the security guards.

He tried to head-butt a policewoman and kicked a policeman in the knee.

After he was put in the police vehicle he damaged a door.

Inspector Coleman said the officers suffered bruising and muscle strain.

Faupula was charged with assaulting and obstructing a police officer, causing wilful damage to a police vehicle and causing a disturbance in a licensed premises.

He is expected to face Rockhampton Magistrates Court next month.

Comets chairman Rob Crow said yesterday he had been advised of an incident involving Faupula and the club's disciplinary committee would meet this week to consider the matter.

He did not know the full details.

He did not want to make any further comment as police had their investigations to complete but said the allegations appeared to be out of character for the quietly spoken Bundaberg import.

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