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Man Accused of Assaulting SA Police Officer At Highbury Appears In Court

A lone police officer feared for his life when he was allegedly attacked by a man who threatened to kill him during an arrest.

Despite the seriousness of the circumstances the constable allegedly faced, it is not unusual for officers to be on solo patrol, a police spokeswoman said.

Police Association president Mark Carroll told The Advertiser the traffic officer — named in court documents as Paul Jelfs — was the victim of a “frenzied attack” at Highbury on Wednesday.

His alleged attacker, Steven John Tipping, appeared in Port Adelaide Magistrates Court yesterday and applied for bail.

Tipping, 39, is charged with aggravated assault causing harm against police, threatening to kill or endanger life and resisting police.

Read more in The Advertiser.

Source: www.adelaidenow.com.au

Accused Pedophile Beaten Up Outside Gold Coast Court

An accused pedophile has been bashed by an elderly man wielding a walking stick outside a Gold Coast court.

The younger man, aged in his 30s, was left bleeding profusely from a head wound after being bashed with the cane in front of Southport Magistrates Court this morning.

Witnesses said his attacker accused him of raping a 13-year-old girl.

“There was blood everywhere,” one said.

Police and courthouse security guards rushed in to intervene and paramedics arrived to treat the injured man who was taken to hospital.

The alleged attacker was taken by detectives to Southport watch-house.

Investigations were continuing.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

New South Wales Police Cleared Over Chase Of Methamphetamine Fueled Driver

A coroner has cleared police of wrongdoing after a former concreter high on methamphetamine died when his car hit a power pole and burst into flames during an early-morning high-speed chase.

Steven Anthony Dahms, 44, was killed before flames took hold of the BMW he had used to try to outrun police during the six-kilometre chase from Teralba to Barnsley early on May 8, 2013.

Police began chasing Mr Dahms’ car when it took off from the Teralba railway station car park minutes after railway staff had reported two people attempting to break into a ticket-vending machine about 3.30am.

Read more in the Newcastle Herald.

Source: www.theherald.com.au

Retired Firearms Officer Cleared Of The Murder Of Armed Robber In London

Anthony Long, who was commended seven times during his 33-year career, was cleared by an Old Bailey jury of the murder of Azelle Rodney in north London in 2005.

The officer was acting on intelligence advising that Rodney and the two other occupants of the car were armed with automatic weapons as they prepared to rob a gang of Colombian drug dealers.

Believing that the suspect was reaching for a gun, the officer shot Rodney in self-defence, fatally wounding him.

Three firearms were later found in the the suspect’s car, one of which was loaded.

Mr Long said after the verdict: “It has been very difficult facing trial for something that happened 10 years ago when I had acted to protect the lives of others as a part of my job and based on my training and experience.”

“Police firearms officers do not go out intending to shoot people and, like me in this case, have to make split second life or death decisions based on the information available to them at the time.”

Scott Ingram, the officer’s solicitor, said: “He can now draw a line under the matter which has dominated his world over the past 10 years and get on with the rest of his life.”

We know it’s not that simple and hope that the officer will receive full ongoing support to help with his ordeal.

John Tully, Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said:

“This is a significant verdict for Anthony Long and our thoughts are with both him and his family today.

“Anthony had an honestly held belief that his colleagues were in imminent danger and acted accordingly.

“Today’s decision by the jury is also a significant decision for firearms policing in general.

“Firearms officers bravely volunteer to carry guns to keep the country safe.

“Sadly the nature of the job means that on very rare occasions they have to take split second life or death decisions.

“When they are forced to use their guns, they deserve the support of the public because they are there to protect us all.

“Firearms officers also deserve the support of senior police officers – and the police service in general – on the very few occasions that they do have to use their guns.”

Read more on Metropolitan Police Federation website.

Source: www.metfed.org.uk

Drug Dealers Sentenced To Two Months For Assaulting North Wales Police Officer

North Wales PC Meurig Jones stopped the two men from Liverpool and found cannabis worth more than £5,000 in their car before they attacked him. The constable needed hospital treatment after one of the men put the officer in a headlock and drove him to the ground.

Defence attorney said both men (who arrived 90 minutes late to the hearing) had admitted their guilt at the earliest opportunity and said the assault on the police officer was an act of “desperation”.

Judge rebuked and jailed the pair for a combined 46 months for drug offences, including two months each for assault police.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing from North Wales Police said: “I welcome the sentences handed down to the two individuals and hope that this serves as a reminder to anyone connected with the supply of drugs that you will be caught, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for such crimes.

“The officer in this case was merely doing his job and whilst the nature of policing carries some risk, assaulting a police officer is totally unacceptable.”

Read more in the Daily Post.

Source: www.dailypost.co.uk

Ed: still not enough, not matching community expectations for longer jail sentences for anyone who assaults Police officers.

Man Ordered To Pay $472 for Punching Police Car

A Geelong concreter who failed to pay a fine for damaging a police car in 2013 will now have to pay double the original amount.

Brett McGeary, 36, appeared in Geelong Magistrates’ Court where he was ordered to pay almost $500. The man punched the police car’s driver’s side mirror after Police attended a domestic incident.

Read more in Geelong Advertiser.

Source: www.geelongadvertiser.com.au

What Queensland Chief Justice Tim Carmody Said To Colleagues When Resigning

After 11 months of controversy, Tim Carmody finally silenced his critics by tendering his resignation as the state’s Chief Justice.

In what Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said were “unprecedented” circumstances, Justice Carmody stepped down from Queensland’s highest judicial position, effective from July 2, but has chosen to remain on the Supreme Court bench.

In May this year, Queensland’s next most senior judge, President of the Court of Appeal Margaret McMurdo, refused to work with Justice Carmody following allegations of bias regarding the appeal of Daniel Morcombe’s murderer Brett Peter Cowan, after it emerged Justice Carmody had met with child safety campaigner Hetty Johnson while considering Cowan’s appeal.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

Queensland Police Oblige When Man Says ‘Just Arrest Me’

Removed from a nightclub at 2.30am on June 13, Daniel Porteous taunted police to “arrest me”.

Police told a Gladstone court Porteous had been aggressive and was told to settle down.

“Just f…ing arrest me” Porteous kept saying.

Officers obliged and Porteous spent the night in a cell.

He was released by a magistrate with no fine or conviction recorded.

Source: www.gladstoneobserver.com.au

SA Police Officer Norman Hoy Speaks About Acquittal On Charges of Assaulting Yasser Shahin

The police officer acquitted of assaulting millionaire Yasser Shahin has broken his silence about the “devastating” effects of the case and vowed to continue in his work.

Constable Norman Hoy has told the Police Journal he is slowly recovering from fears and emotions he “bottled” for three years while awaiting trial for aggravated assault.

He says his acquittal, and the presiding judge’s condemnation of the prosecution, not only vindicated him but released a flood of repressed feelings.

“I’d lost it completely … I didn’t know where (the emotion) came from but, obviously, it was the stress of the years,” he says.

“I’d been bottling it up and keeping it inside me, and it was all finally released.

“(The judge’s comments were) affirmation of what I’d believed right from day one, and even when I was handed the complaint form, that I hadn’t done anything wrong.”

Const Hoy, 59, is the subject of a nine-page Police Journal feature that describes the case as “the worst injustice … inflicted on a cop in decades” and “doomed-to-failure”.

Read more in The Advertiser.

Source: www.adelaidenow.com.au

Man ‘Flicked Blood In PSNI Officer’s Eyes and Mouth’, Court Told

A Ballymena man punched a glass mirror and then flicked blood from the wound into the eyes and mouth of a police officer, a court has heard.

Details of the incident were outlined by a police officer in the case of Aiden James Doran at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Doran (22), of Clonavon Terrace, faces charges of attempted arson endangering life; assault occasioning actual bodily harm; assault on police; threats to damage property; threats to kill; and criminal damage.

A PSNI officer told the court that police responded to reports of a domestic incident on June 22 and after gaining entry to the property, they saw the defendant stood at the top of the stairwell, with a considerable amount of smoke in the building after a carpet had been set alight.

They got him into the bathroom where he lashed out at a mirror, sustaining lacerations to his right hand. He then aggressively flicked his wounded arm at a police constable covering her in blood, which also went in her eyes and mouth.

Read more in Ballymena Times.

Source: www.ballymenatimes.com