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Cop on bond for assaulting woman

Bruising on a Goonellabah woman, suffered as a result of an assault by a police officer.
Bruising on a Goonellabah woman, suffered as a result of an assault by a police officer. Contributed

A POLICE officer attached to the Richmond Local Area Command has been placed on an 18-month good behaviour bond after being convicted of assault.

He is the second Richmond Command officer charged with assault in six months.

The Northern Star broke the story on December 19.

The accused and victim cannot be named for legal reasons.

They were friends who had been texting messages to each other on November 4 and 5 last year before the assault happened, Lismore Local Court heard yesterday.

When the Goonellabah woman came home at 1.25pm on November 5 the 27-year-old police officer approached her, grabbed her wrist and forced her arm behind her back.

A struggle ensued and the victim said "You're hurting me, stop it."

During the struggle the officer repeatedly told the victim "You're a f**king slut."

When the victim pushed the officer away his hands touched her breasts.

The officer then turned to leave and grabbed the victim's car keys before she pushed him over.

As a result of the assault, the victim suffered bruising to her arms, swelling and bruising to her right bicep, bruises to her left breast, cuts and grazes.

Magistrate R Denes found the police officer guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A second charge of assault with an act of indecency was dropped.

Topics:  assault good behaviour bond police



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