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Man found not guilty of assault by biting police officer.

By Charlotte - 10 June 2011 49

The ACT Supreme Court has found a man not guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he was charged for biting a police officer on the arm.

The accused, Mr Nathan Wonder, had been taken into custody after police thought he was intoxicated and behaving in a disorderly way at a sporting event at Canberra Stadium on 5 March 2009.

Mr Wonder said he was reacting to police who were trying to remove another person from the stadium, who Mr Wonder felt was being unfairly and violently dealt with by the police.

Justice Gray said in his decision that he was not satisfied Mr Wonder’s actions were deliberate or that he intended to bite the police officer.

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Man found not guilty of assault by biting police officer.
Tooks 6:51 pm 10 Jun 11

Chop71 said :

After reading the transcript, you would have thought the 2 cops could have had their story straight or a simple photo of teeth marks would have done the trick.

After reading the transcript, you’d think you would’ve known there were photos of the teeth marks.

kulzh 6:48 pm 10 Jun 11

Sounds like they had the kid around the throat and he couldnt breathe. I’d bite too!

gp 4:49 pm 10 Jun 11

“The offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm requires a striking, touching or application of force by the accused.” – also from the transcript.

We can, as it turns out, bite anyone without any consequence. Who would be in the police?

Once bitten… once freed… to bite again another day. I guess Judges do need to get bitten themselves before they understand that biting is naughty… It must have been a long time since pre-school for that judge.

MsCheeky 4:45 pm 10 Jun 11

Who would be a copper? This guy blew .189, yet his version of events an hour later is considered credible. How can he even remember it?

Thoroughly Smashed 4:33 pm 10 Jun 11

Not gilcup

Ozi 3:55 pm 10 Jun 11

35. The accused’s mother also gave evidence. She impressed me as a witness. I do not consider that she was doing anything other than giving honest and reliable evidence. She was adamant her son did not use at any time the words “Fucking cunt” in respect of anybody. To an extent that undermines the reliance I might place on Constable Walsh and Sergeant Clark, both of whom alleged that expression was consistently used.

Yeah, because she’s not going to be biased. My god, some of the judgements the Supreme Court churns out are utterly ridiculous. This one, and then they award a nutbag who assaulted and tried to kill Police with a pole $8 million in compensation!

The_Bulldog 3:28 pm 10 Jun 11

That transcript reads like a Monty Python script – is that for real? (he asks without being bothered to check it for himself).

mirage3 2:56 pm 10 Jun 11

But your Honour, I didn’t know the gums were loaded!

Watson 1:27 pm 10 Jun 11

Chop71 said :

After reading the transcript, you would have thought the 2 cops could have had their story straight or a simple photo of teeth marks would have done the trick.

It sounds like they had a photo of the injury?

“Did you see the photographs that were produced of Sergeant—?
—Yes.

He says that’s as a result of your bite on his arm?
–Yes that’s right.”

Chop71 12:50 pm 10 Jun 11

After reading the transcript, you would have thought the 2 cops could have had their story straight or a simple photo of teeth marks would have done the trick.

Swaggie 12:44 pm 10 Jun 11

As Mr Wonder thinks he can do a better job than the Police “Mr Wonder felt was being unfairly and violently dealt with by the police” can I look forward to seeing him joining the ranks of the Boys in Blue to show them how things are done?

The Frots 12:43 pm 10 Jun 11

You’re right Tooks – just the other I was commenting to Mrs. Frot that I’d accidently bitten three or four people during the week – can’t help it, not intentional, and I really need new veneer’s now!!!

How bloody disappointing for the Police………………………….again! Perhaps the good Judge in this case will have the same opinion should someone bite him on the arm – but we really know the answer to that, don’t we.

Tooks 12:34 pm 10 Jun 11

Here’s the defendant being cross-examined. He didn’t bite him, he just had his mouth around his arm. The bite must’ve come from someone else.

So you bit him?
—well I put my mouth around his arm, immediately he let go.

Well did you bite him, did you suck him, did you lick him, did you give him a kiss? What do you do?
—I wouldn’t call it a bite. I probably would’ve if he continued not to let me breathe.

So you wouldn’t have called it a bite?
—No.

So he hit you in the head for no reason?
—Well I’m not saying it was no reason. I had my mouth around throat, sorry his arm.

No we’re not saying you had it around his throat, don’t worry about that?
—No.

But he hit you because you had your mouth around his arm?
—Yes.

Did you see the photographs that were produced of Sergeant—?
—Yes.

He says that’s as a result of your bite on his arm?
–Yes that’s right.

It would have been more than just having your mouth around his arm to produce a result like that?
—Yes I think so too.

You bit him didn’t you?
—No, I put my mouth around his arm at which point he belted me in the face.

So that injury couldn’t have come from a bite?
—It could have come from a bite but not on that night.

Tooks 12:31 pm 10 Jun 11

Sure, why not. Who hasn’t accidentally bitten someone before?

grump 12:21 pm 10 Jun 11

What? His teeth accidentally slipped?? come on……

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