Northern Territory Police Officer Not Guilty of Aggravated Assault

Leighton Robert Arnott walked from the Darwin Magistrates Court on Wednesday after two aggravated assault charges against him were dismissed.
Leighton Robert Arnott walked from the Darwin Magistrates Court on Wednesday after two aggravated assault charges against him were dismissed.

A police officer charged with the aggravated assault of two youths has had his case dismissed.

Darwin Magistrate Elizabeth Morris said she could not find “beyond reasonable doubt” that Senior Constable Leighton Robert Arnott punched the teenagers during an arrest over an alleged unlawful entry in the northern suburbs in July 2014.

The prosecution was ordered to pay costs and Ms Morris requested the boys be informed of the court’s ­decision.

Sen-Constable Arnott did not make a comment but looked relieved as he walked from Darwin Magistrates Court yesterday.

He was suspended on full pay in July 2014. NT Police Deputy Commissioner Mark Payne said Sen-Constable Arnott’s case was “an internal discipline matter”.

“The officer will continue to be suspended on full pay until the matter is resolved, and until such time there will be no further comment,’’ he said.

Read more in NT News.

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