“You knew better” says magistrate

A 31-year-old former Cowra resident, now living in Bathurst, has received $600 in fines for a number of driving offences.

He was also jailed when he appeared in Cowra Local Court for 18 months with a non-parole period of six months for assaulting a police officer in the execution of their duty.

Dwayne Simpson of Violet Street, South Bathurst, was brought before the court in police custody after warrants were issued when he failed to appear at his last appearance date.

According to police facts, on November 3, 2016 Simpson struck a Cowra police officer from behind in the right side of the face as the officer attempted to arrest another person.

Simpson also faced driving offences from March, 2017 for driving an unregistered vehicle and being an unlicensed driver.

Simpson’s solicitor Nidal Abdi argued that while Simpson’s record did not assist him, it did not highlight him as a violent offender. 

During sentencing Magistrate Michael O’Brien told Simpson, “police are the last bastion that protects us” and that the assault, “need never of happened.”

Magistrate O’Brien told Simpson “police are human beings like anyone else, who are required to put themselves in harm’s way and the last thing they need during their duty is have someone assault them.”

“Unless you accept the consequences you can’t move forward.” 

Driver disqualified

A 35-year-old Tollend man has been fined $300 and disqualified from driving at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, June 7.

Ian Arthur Lake of Raye Street, Tollend, was fined in his absence for driving a motor vehicle with an illicit drug present in his blood.

According to police Lake was stopped on February 23 for a random breath test and random drug test. Lake’s random breath test returned a negative reading however his oral fluid test returned a positive reading for cannabis.

A secondary test at the Cowra Police Station also returned a positive reading to the drug.

In relation to his drug taking Lake told police he, “had a joint a couple of weeks ago.”