Man in court over alleged police assault
'LOOK, mate, we don't want any trouble'.
Those are the words an off duty police officer was alleged to have said moments before he was hit in the face with a schooner glass that caused severe lacerations.
Documents presented to the Grafton Local Court yesterday alleged that Lindsay Mark Hosking, 21, hit Sergeant Chris Tuite in the jaw with a beer glass on the night after the police charity bowls and golf day on May 25 this year.
The court was told that at 9.40pm on that night, Sgt Tuite was at the bar of Roches Hotel when a bar attendant, who knew Sgt Tuite to be a police officer, raised concerns about Hosking's behaviour.
Sgt Tuite said that he would speak with him. He then allegedly approached Hosking near the pool table of the hotel and said he was a local police officer.
The court heard that Sgt Tuite asked him to leave the hotel and Hosking replied 'what the f... did I do wrong' and indicated he wanted to finish his beer.
It was alleged that a few minutes later he was in the beer garden area where there was another off duty officer, Senior Constable Nicholas Wiles.
The court heard that he still had the glass in his hand and started to become aggressive and said to Sgt Tuite, 'you are not a f... copper now mate'.
Sgt Tuite told him he did not want any trouble, but Hosking allegedly assumed a boxing stance and hit Sgt Tuite in the lower jaw with the glass.
Hosking has pleaded guilty to charges of resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of his duty and of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.
He is to be sentenced in the District Court on a date to be fixed.
He did not enter a plea to charges of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to do serious injury and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on an officer executing his duty. Those charges have been adjourned to the Grafton Local Court on December 4. He was granted continu- ing bail.