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Jail for kicking officer in head

STREET fighter Troy Andrew Moore (left) says he wasn't aiming for the police officer's head.

The 22-year-old Rockhampton man claims he was running in to kick one of the other brawlers involved in a late night, 20-person fight near the city's nightclub precinct on April 10.

But with Sergeant Chris Schick in the process of arresting the man, Moore struck the officer.

Yesterday in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court he was jailed for three months and ordered to pay the officer $500 compensation.

Sergeant Schick suffered bruising and swelling to his head and was taken to hospital before returning to work the next day.

Prosecutor Sergeant Chris Elder said Moore was warned repeatedly to move away from the fracas in Quay Lane, before he ran in and kicked the officer.

Sergeant Schick's head was close to the ground as he handcuffed the other person.

The court didn't hear what had started the brawl.

Defence solicitor Anthony DeFraine said Moore had attempted to kick the man being arrested but connected with the officer.

Magistrate Cameron Press found Moore guilty of assault, sentencing him to three months in prison, suspended after six weeks.

He said police should be able to do their jobs without fear of being assaulted.

He said the attack was no accident.

A conviction was recorded.

Several police officers were in the court for yesterday's hearing.



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