Skip to content Skip to main navigation

News

Buying off the plan?
View our developments

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.

What’s Your opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
49 Responses to
Man found not guilty of assault by biting police officer.
Filter
Showing only Website comments
Order
Newest to Oldest
Oldest to Newst
davjp 9:09 am 21 Jun 11

It doesnt say that he was convicted of the original assault that he was arrested for?

Tooks 8:03 am 21 Jun 11

BBrown said :

Antagonist said :

Tooks said :

Presumably you’ve been in a few fights and remember each detail perfectly. I’m sure they could’ve got together and ‘got their stories straight’, but is that the kind of police force you want?

The defendant received three elbow strikes to the head here. Not the cops. Who should have the good memory?

The officers didn’t just have some anomolies in their stories. They had gaping holes in it. The two officers involved created all the ‘reasonable doubt’ needed by themselves. It should be no great wonder so much weight was given to mummies testimony. She was the only reliable witness left.

+1
and correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t it the Police’s job to remember incidents they are involved in? I would’ve thought they receive training for this sort of thing.

Also, funny how there was no mention of any cctv footage, despite the scuffle being just outside the station. Surely that would eliminate any minor lapses in memory the officers involved experienced.

Read the judgement, get a clue, then comment.

Spideydog 8:10 pm 20 Jun 11

BBrown said :

and correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t it the Police’s job to remember incidents they are involved in? I would’ve thought they receive training for this sort of thing.

You are joking right ???? What magical training package would you suggest they have been receiving to remember everything to most minute detail 2 years after the incident, not including the 100’s of incidents each member would have attended after this one…….. Nice digging though, no-one with a reasonable brain would agree with you on that corker.

BBrown said :

Also, funny how there was no mention of any cctv footage, despite the scuffle being just outside the station. Surely that would eliminate any minor lapses in memory the officers involved experienced.

Why would they mention it, it didn’t prove or disprove anything of importance …… oh apart from the fact it showed the defendant acting like a complete c@#k !!!!!

The prosecution didn’t prove beyond reasonable doubt that at the precise time the defendant bit the officer, it was deliberate or intentional. Anything else apart from the exact time the defendant bit the officer had nothing to substantially prove the case, except provide circumstantial evidence. So you can prance around it as much as you want, but the real important evidence is that at the time of the actual bite.

BBrown 7:00 pm 20 Jun 11

Antagonist said :

Tooks said :

Presumably you’ve been in a few fights and remember each detail perfectly. I’m sure they could’ve got together and ‘got their stories straight’, but is that the kind of police force you want?

The defendant received three elbow strikes to the head here. Not the cops. Who should have the good memory?

The officers didn’t just have some anomolies in their stories. They had gaping holes in it. The two officers involved created all the ‘reasonable doubt’ needed by themselves. It should be no great wonder so much weight was given to mummies testimony. She was the only reliable witness left.

+1
and correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t it the Police’s job to remember incidents they are involved in? I would’ve thought they receive training for this sort of thing.

Also, funny how there was no mention of any cctv footage, despite the scuffle being just outside the station. Surely that would eliminate any minor lapses in memory the officers involved experienced.

Spideydog 12:24 pm 18 Jun 11

Tooks said :

Reeper said :

Wow I didnt realise how many cops commented on these things! I suppose when they have so many judgements go against them this is their only avenue to complain.
Also the photo must of been pretty gruesome if the judge couldnt even find that there was an intentional bite.

Another friend of Mr Wonder. Welcome!

Wonders will never cease !!!!!

Anyways, who said anything about these commenters being Police !!!! Besides, like some other commenters have said, in the end, Mr Wonder lost out overall and I suspect that may be why he was let off in the end 🙂

Violet68 12:13 pm 18 Jun 11

Reeper said :

Wow I didnt realise how many cops commented on these things!

I’ve been getting the same vibe and I don’t know Mr Wonder 🙂

Tooks 11:59 am 18 Jun 11

Reeper said :

Wow I didnt realise how many cops commented on these things! I suppose when they have so many judgements go against them this is their only avenue to complain.
Also the photo must of been pretty gruesome if the judge couldnt even find that there was an intentional bite.

Another friend of Mr Wonder. Welcome!

Reeper 11:41 am 18 Jun 11

Wow I didnt realise how many cops commented on these things! I suppose when they have so many judgements go against them this is their only avenue to complain.
Also the photo must of been pretty gruesome if the judge couldnt even find that there was an intentional bite.

Spideydog 9:34 am 18 Jun 11

Antagonist said :

Spideydog said :

Another joke with our legal system is the massive wait for a matter to be heard. Asking for reliable testimony down to the most minute detail, after 2 years. If you can do that mate, your a genius !

At least we can agree on that part.

😉

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2018 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
the-riotact.com | aboutregional.com.au | b2bmagazine.com.au | thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site