Alleged cop biter denied bail

A MAN who allegedly bit police after he was arrested at Iluka on Saturday will remain in custody until at least his next court appearance in February next year.

Todd Arthur McGregor, a solidly built 30-year-old with short ginger hair and cropped beard, appeared in the Grafton Local Court yesterday to face five charges arising from his alleged assault on police.

He was charged with three counts of assaulting police, resisting police and recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm on a police officer.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Peter Sinclair said the matters were ‘very serious’ and opposed bail.

He said the alleged attack was unprovoked and came as officers were attempting to deliver an interim apprehended violence order. McGregor had failed to appear in court previously and he believed there was a risk of him failing to appear again if granted bail.

McGregor’s solicitor, Greg Coombes, said he was likely to introduce evidence that McGregor was sprayed with capsicum spray before he allegedly assaulted police.

“All hell broke loose,” he said.

He said McGregor had complied with bail orders previously.

Magistrate Michael Dakon said one of the officers received about 10 stitches to a head wound after his head hit a brick wall and had been told he would have a permanent dent in his head.

“Whether this was provoked or not, this was right out of proportion,” he said.

He said McGregor had a serious record of violence, including one offence of assaulting police in 2007.

He said McGregor posed a flight risk and refused bail until his next scheduled court appearance on February 8.

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