Policeman denies assault

A MOTHER has described her teenage son as a pathological liar in Grafton Local Court where a police constable went on trial facing two charges of common assault yesterday.

The alleged assaults against minors occurred in two different incidents.

The first is alleged to have occurred in November 2010 outside Grafton High School involving a young man who was not a student at the school.

The second incident is alleged to have occurred in an interview room of a department store after a 12-year old boy was caught with stolen goods in April last year.

The Director of Public Prosecutions alleged Constable Stephen Bell used excessive force during an interview with the boy, lifting him out of a chair and throwing him at a wall, then pushing his head into the wall.

The allegations were denied by Const Bell.

The claimant gave evidence to the court via a video link.

The boy told the court he was "thrown" against a wall head first and was also hurt when his head was pushed back against the wall for a second time by Const Bell.

The boy, who could not be named for legal reasons, said he had a sore head after the incident and suffered a headache for three days.

His mother testified later in the day her son was a "pathological liar," and it was "a load of crap" he had a headache after the incident.

Const George Chakty, Const Bell's partner on the day, reported the incident to a superior about three months after it occurred.

The way the young man was placed against the wall had been "eating away at me", he said.

Const Bell used more force than he needed to, but he did not slam the boy against the wall, Const Chakty testified.

The court also heard from a security guard, Todd Reeves, who witnessed the event.

He said Const Bell did not slam or ram the boy, nor did he push his head into the wall.

The trial was adjourned to November 2.

Topics:  assault crime evidence grafton grafton high school grafton local court police

The girl who will deliver the Jaca crown

IN STEP: Rachel Solomon, Amber Van de Boogard and Milly Deefholts practise the Homage to the Crown dance on the Market Square stage ahead of next weekend's Jacaranda Queen Crowning Ceremony.

Local girl to do Jaca dance in 'rite of passage'

Brave boy uncovers man's cow sex, child sexual abuse

A beast in the main arena at the 2012 Ekka.

Police praise boy for testimony of man's abuse and sex with a cow

DPI puts Dolphin Marine Magic 'all but out of business'

A battle over seal enclosures at Dolphin Marine Magic threatens the facility's ability to stay open, Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser warns.

DPI crackdown a threat to Dolphin Marine Magic, warns MP

Local Partners

Meet the faces behind the highway upgrade: PT I

MEET communications advisor Colleen Catterson in the first part of the DEX's new series introducing people who have moved to the region due to the highway.

Sound of Music star to compere An Afternoon at the Proms

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment shows, from left, Chairmian Carr, as Liesl, Nicholas Hammond, as Friedrich, Heather Menzies, as Louisa, Duane Chase, as Kurt, Angela Cartwright, as Brigitta, Debbie Turner, as Marta, Kym Karath, as Gretl, and Christopher Plummer, as Captain Von Trapp, in a scene from the film, \"The Sound of Music.\" The 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical \"The Sound of Music\" is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2015. To honor the milestone, 20th Century Fox is releasing a five-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector's edition, the soundtrack is being re-released, the film will be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood later this month and to over 500 movie theaters in April. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Saraton's rich history of stage and screen honoured in musical tribu

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Scene set for explosive racing in revamped 9-Hour G-Bomb

First on his bike was Michael Brown at the 2014 G-Bomb Mountain Bike Race held in the Bom Bom State Forest.November 8, 2014Photo: Leigh Jensen / Daily Examiner

More than 250 riders heading to the forest for annual G-Bomb.

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

In Flames are super 'proud' of new album

In Flames album to be released in November.  Photo Contributed

In Flames to release new album in November

Selma Blair blames flight outburst on 'psychotic blackout'

Selma Blair

"I am someone who should never drink, and I rarely do"

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge

Tenants renting rooms on Airbnb breaching lease

Rental properties.

Tenants renting rooms on Airbnb is a no no