Policeman brutally assaulted

THREE teenagers on an all-weekend bender allegedly assaulted a Mount Morgan police officer on Sunday night.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court heard Corie Lee Richardson, 19, Brody Thomas Forbes, 18, and a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, were extremely drunk when they attacked a lone officer after he tried to arrest Richardson on James St for a public nuisance offence.

Forbes and the youth said they had gone out in sympathy and began a two-day drinking session with Richardson after his brother was killed on Friday.

Police yesterday alleged Richardson shaped up to fight and yelled threats and obscenities at the officer during the arrest about 9.30pm.

Prosecutor Constable Paige Barrow said Richardson then punched the officer to the left side of the face repeatedly and pushed him up against a bridge railing.

During the struggle the officer dropped his mag-light.

Constable Barrow said Forbes picked up the torch and told the officer he would “smash him”.

The officer then tried to taser the pair.

He received bruises to his face and grazes on his arms.

Forbes then allegedly attacked the officer’s police car with the mag-light and the 16-year-old allegedly threw his bicycle at the vehicle, damaging the front panels and cracking the windscreen.

The trio allegedly fled, but was discovered in scrubland off Dee St by a police dog a short time later.

Forbes’s lawyer said her client was bitten by the dog.

But Constable Barrow said Richardson was attacked because he and Forbes refused to lie down and Richardson tried to hit the dog.

Richardson is charged with three counts of obstructing a police officer, assault occasioning bodily harm and being a public nuisance.

Forbes is charged with stealing the mag-light, serious assault, wilful damage and assaulting or obstructing a police officer.

The 16-year-old is charged with two counts of serious assault, public nuisance and obstructing a police officer.

None of the group entered a plea yesterday.

Magistrate Mark Morrow described the assault as a “fairly violent attack on a police officer”.

He released Richardson and Forbes on bail, on the condition they return to their respective homes between 7pm and 7am.

The pair will appear in the Magistrates Court on September 28.



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