Man 'bites' cop after footy final
RODNEY McIntosh allegedly bit a police sergeant on the thigh while he was being arrested on the night of the football grand finals in Middlemount.
McIntosh, 26, faced the Mackay Magistrates’ Court yesterday for a committal hearing on two charges of seriously assaulting police.
The court heard it was 10.50pm on August 22 when Sergeant Ben Walsh and Constable Brett Clive were on patrol and they saw McIntosh riding a bicycle along a pathway, and he was not wearing a safety helmet and had a can of alcohol in his hand.
He was intercepted and he became abusive towards police. The officers knew McIntosh had been drinking, but they did not think he was drunk.
He was warned to stop his abusive language, but he persisted and was arrested because he didn’t stop.
Sgt Walsh took hold of McIntosh’s arm and he allegedly elbowed the sergeant.
Sgt Walsh then went to put McIntosh in a type of headlock and McIntosh was bent over and he allegedly bit Sgt Walsh on the thigh.
The bite did not break the skin, but caused great pain.
McIntosh was taken to the ground.
Const Clive was allegedly elbowed in the head when he tried to apply handcuffs.
Const Clive’s shirt was ripped down one side and Sgt Walsh’s shirt also was damaged.
When McIntosh was being put in a police car to be taken away, he allegedly grabbed Sgt Walsh and pulled him down so the officer ended up on top of him.
When the officers got McIntosh back to the Middlemount police station, an ambulance officer was called to provide an examination for all three men.
Both Sgt Walsh and Const Clive testified yesterday and were cross examined by solicitor Geoff Govey, of Taylors Solicitors, during the committal hearing.
McIntosh was not required to enter pleas and he was committed for trial to the Mackay District Court on a date to be set. His bail was enlarged.
Seven other charges relating to events that night were adjourned to the magistrates’ court on a date to be set. They included two of common assault, two of wilfully damaging police uniforms, committing a public nuisance, consuming liquor in public and failing to wear a safety helmet.