French Woman Flees Australia After Attack On WA Police Officer

Injuries to a police officer who was allegedly bitten by a French tourist. Picture: WA Police Union
The West Australian Health Department is investigating how a French woman who allegedly assaulted a police officer was released from a psychiatric unit to her family rather than police custody.

WA Police Union claims Adeline Christiane Martini tried to stab the officer in the chest with his own knife after biting him, but fled the country before she could be charged.

Ms Martini had been taking people’s drinks and flashing herself at a Bunbury restaurant on August 24 when officers were called, the union claims.

“During the arrest she became aggressive, she bit the police officer on the forearm, biting through two layers of skin, taking off a bit of flesh, then grabbed a knife and tried to stab him in the chest,” a union spokeswoman told AAP.

“It took four officers to get her into the police van.”

Ms Martini was taken to hospital before being detained in a psychiatric intensive care unit until October 9.

The union spokeswoman said she left the country the next day, despite police being given assurances that she would be released into their custody.

The union’s president George Tilbury demanded answers from the Health Department, going as far as accusing hospital staff of aiding Ms Martini’s escape.

Mr Tilbury said the officer — who also suffered defensive cuts to his hand and had his testicles wrenched by the French woman — was recovering.

“He’s not doing too bad under the circumstances but he is reliving the situation on most nights and all he wants is justice, for this woman to be brought before the courts in WA.

“She was clearly under the influence of drugs and or alcohol given the level of aggression she displayed.”

Police said an arrest warrant had been issued for Ms Martini, who faces the charges of assaulting a public officer and acts intending to cause grievous bodily harm, should she return to Australia.

Health Minister Kim Hames said he had asked his department for a full report on the incident after receiving a complaint from the union.

Dr Hames passed on his best wishes to the injured constable.

Source: Perth Now.

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