WHAT WE KNOW

  • A female sergeant was assaulted while walking to work
  • The assault occurred when the officer tried to help other members of the public being assaulted
  • The assault occurred at Cameron's Corner, outside the Rocky Police Station
  • The sergeant suffered facial injuries, including a black eye, from being punched numerous times
  • She was also kicked at and bitten under the arm
  • The bite injury is significant and she was transported to hospital
  • The sergeant is awaiting blood test results to clear her of any disease transmitted when she was bitten
  • The offender is a 17 year old female well known to police
  • She is expected to be charged with a list of offences including serious assault of a police officer, two counts of obstruct police and one count of public nuisance
  • Two other females have been charged with one count each of public nuisance

UPDATE 5.40PM: The 17-year-old girl who allegedly attacked a respected Rockhampton sergeant while she was on her way to work this morning has appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court. 

The teen appeared on one count each of serious assault of a police officer and public nuisance as well as two counts of obstruct police. 

She was refused bail and will remain behind bars until at least April 21, when she next appears in court via video link from a corrective services facility. 

Two other girls involved in the incident and charged with one count each of public nuisance were bailed earlier today and will appear in court at a later date. 

UPDATE 3PM: The teenage girl allegedly responsible for the attack is expected to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this afternoon. 

Further information will be provided once court proceedings have begun. 

EARLIER: POLICE are investigating after a highly respected Rockhampton female police officer was seriously assaulted on her way to work this morning. 

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Ingram of the Rockhampton CIB said the sergeant, who works in the Domestic Violence Prevention unit, was seriously assaulted by a 17 year old girl while trying to help members of the public outside the Rockhampton Police Station. 

"At approximately 6.30 this morning one of our uniformed sergeants was attending the station to commence duty," Det Act Snr Sgt Ingram said. 

"While she was there there was a group of persons in Cameron's Corner on Denham Street that were participating in a an argument, a loud one and physical one at that stage. 

"The sergeant has approached the person she believed to be the main offender in that instance and has advised her to curb her language or otherwise if you like."

Cameron's Corner where police officer was attacked Photo Emily Easey / The Morning Bulletin
Cameron's Corner where police officer was attacked Photo Emily Easey / The Morning Bulletin Emily Easey ROK010416corner1

Det Act Snr Sgt Ingram said the offender ignored the instructions, walked past the sergeant and attacked another person in the group. 

"The offender has then punched that person a number of times at which time the sergeant has stepped in and has intervened in the physical confrontation," Det Act Snr Sgt Ingram said.

"When she has attempted to arrest the female offender the offender has then punched the sergeant in the face a number of times. 

"The sergeant has then dragged the offender from Denham St to the rear door of the station and during that time the offender has continued to punch at, kick at and on one occasion actually physically bite the sergeant under her arm."

Det Act Snr Sgt Ingram said the sergeant was just trying to do her job. 

"She was there as she was attempting to help members of the public, she was unarmed even to the point where she didn't have any accoutrements on her at the time which made the struggle more so," he said. 

"She was about to walk into the station to commence duties, she was in full uniform at the time and has told the offender stop, police, you're under arrest and the offender has continued with the action."

Det Act Snr Sgnt Ingram said the sergeant was transported to hospital and is recovering from her injuries but will have to wait for the 'all clear' from blood tests. 

"The sergeant is fine, she was taken to the local hospital and was assessed there. She has injuries that are consistent with bodily harm and a very significant bite injury as well as a blackened eye,"  he said. 

"Obviously these things, particularly with bite marks or bite injuries, there is a concern of a transmission of a disease or otherwise and she will undergo regular blood testing until such time that she is clear. 

"She'll have the rest of the day off work and luckily it's going into the weekend so she'll get her head straight.

"The officer has been a long term serving member of the service with around 20 years service. She's taking it in her stride quite well." 

Det Act Snr Sgnt Ingram said police take all assaults seriously and the teen offender, who is well known to police, was expected to be charged with a number of offences this afternoon. 

"The offender is in custody and at this point in time we are looking at exactly what offences have been committed. We do expect the offender will be charged sometime this afternoon," he said. 

"There has been another two other females from the incident arrested and charged with public nuisance. 

"We take every assault matter as a serious matter and in this particular instance it just happens to be for lack of better words a circumstance of aggravation that it is a police officer. 

"Unfortunately police officers are regular victims of obstruct police or assault police matters. 

"With this matter, charges will be preferred under the criminal code for the assault police. With the changes in recent times for assault police under the criminal code there is a specific offence for biting a police officer in the execution of their duties so this is more the upper end of those offences." 

More to come as charges are handed down and court dates are set. 



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