Man faces cop-attack allegations

ONE police officer was allegedly punched in the face and another was forced to lock himself in his patrol car after a driver objected to being pulled over, a court was told.

Paul William Braun, 42, of Baffle Creek, faced Bundaberg Magistrates' Court yesterday on three charges of assaulting a police officer, after spending the night in the watch-house.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott told the court during the bail hearing that a police officer pulled the defendant over as he was driving along Rosedale Road about 3pm on Monday.

Braun allegedly became aggressive towards the lone officer.

“He had to lock himself in the police vehicle and call for back-up,” Sgt Shapcott said.

A second officer from Agnes Water arrived on the scene.

“The allegations are he punched him in the face,” Sgt Shapcott said.

She said police later tried to restrain Braun using a Taser as he ran from the scene.

Braun was charged with two offences of seriously assaulting police officers and a further assaulting police offence.

The police prosecutor opposed bail because of the serious nature of the alleged crimes. She also said he had breached bail in 1987.

Sgt Shapcott told the court the defendant had another police assault and obstruct charge on his criminal history from June 2009.

Defence lawyer Thomas Bray said the builder's labourer had a 24-year criminal history but the assault charge was a minor one.

Mr Bray said that his client had nearly always appeared before the court when required.

“For a period in excess of 20 years, when obliged to come to court, he's always done so,” he said.

The lawyer told the court most of Braun's criminal history related to drugs and dishonesty offences.

“He says he's never assaulted anyone in his entire life,” Mr Bray said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts granted the defendant bail with conditions including reporting to Agnes Water Police Station.

The matter was adjourned for further mention on November 16.



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