Man on bail after alleged assault

A MAN who allegedly assaulted two policewomen twice in one day was granted bail yesterday.

James Michael George, 24, of Bargara, is facing eight fresh charges on top of six outstanding matters in three courts, spanning five years.

He was taken into custody on Thursday after resisting arrest for alleged crimes that began when the Bundaberg State High School police officer allegedly caught him doing burnouts and revving his engine outside the school at about 10am.

The court was told the officer approached George, who told her there was a problem with the gearbox causing the car to lose traction.

He started putting his children in the car and got behind the wheel despite her telling him to stay where he was.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott said George maintained eye contact with the officer as he lurched the car towards her and did a burnout across two lanes of traffic while his children sat unrestrained in the vehicle.

The car was registered to another person at the Riverdale Caravan Park, where two officers were sent to talk to George soon afterwards.

As a female officer phoned for back-up, George allegedly approached her and grabbed her hand with “significant force”, took her phone and threw it away.

A struggle allegedly followed, during which George tried to push a capsicum spray canister toward the face of a second officer.

He was subdued using the spray and taken to the Bundaberg watchhouse, where an officer approached the man to explain his charges.

The prosecutor said George again allegedly became aggressive and pinned her to a wall, after which he was again subdued using capsicum spray.

Police also discovered two outstanding warrants for George from Rockhampton District Court and Children’s Court.

Defence lawyer Thomas Bray said his client intended to take part in an anger management course if bailed.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts allowed George bail on the condition he report to the Bundaberg Police Station every Monday and Friday.

She committed his outstanding charges to the Rockhampton District Court and Children’s Court and set him down for mention on September 13 in Bundaberg Magistrates Court.



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