A 49-year-old Cowra man who rushed back to a house party and punched his handcuffed victim has received 12 month good behaviour bonds for common assault and resisting an officer in the execution of their duty.
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Glen Ashley Williams told the court that he was embarrassed by his behaviour on the night.
According to police facts, on the night of June 24 police received a number of calls about trouble arising at an 18th birthday party.
Around 10pm police received another call that knives had been produced at the party. Upon arriving at the scene police arrested a member of the party.
Police began to conduct a search on the arrested member when Williams returned and attempted to punch the arrested member in the head saying “you f***ing dog”.
The officer conducting the search saw Williams’ attempt and deflected the punch from the victim’s head and onto the victim’s back.
Williams was then grabbed by a second officer who attempted to place handcuffs on him. Williams was then taken to the ground and continued to struggle for around two minutes before he could be handcuffed.
Williams was taken to Cowra Police Station where he told officers he had been out drinking when he had been informed his partner had been stabbed by his victim.
Williams’ solicitor Clive Hill told the court that Williams had drunk the better part of a carton of beer and couldn’t remember resisting police and had thought something had happened when it hadn’t.
Magistrate Michael O’Brien told Williams that rather then ascertain the well being of the supposed victim he instead did something unnecessary.
“The police had contained the situation, your behaviour was unacceptable,” Magistrate O’Brien said.
“In life we come across persons we don’t like, who may deserve the ill feelings that we have for them. But we live in a civilized society where we let the courts make judgments, not where we let the community take matters into their own hands.
“If we did that we would live in the law of the jungle, a lawless state and it would be carnage.
“Think before you act, with these bonds you are making a promise to the state of NSW that you will not break the law. I expect you not to come to the attention of the authorities for sometime.
“If you do come across a a similar situation make a complaint formally to the police don’t take matters into your own hands,” he said.
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