27 November 2023

Police officer allegedly had five teeth knocked out during arrest

| Albert McKnight

Blake Samuel Gordon, 21, has been handed charges that include recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm. Photo: Albert McKnight.

A police officer allegedly had five of their teeth knocked out when they were deliberately hit in the mouth during an arrest on the weekend.

ACT Policing said two officers had been conducting mobile patrols in Belconnen around 9:20 pm on Sunday (26 November).

The pair tried to talk to a man they believed to be breaching his bail conditions before allegedly having to chase him on foot.

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Police alleged that when the officers tried to arrest the man, one of them was “deliberately and forcefully struck in the mouth”, causing them to lose up to five teeth.

“The man continued to resist arrest but was eventually handcuffed,” police allege.

While 21-year-old Blake Samuel Gordon was charged over the alleged incident, he did not appear in person in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (27 November) when the matter was briefly mentioned.

The court heard he did not want to come into the courtroom and his lawyer, Legal Aid’s Lorenna Wienert, said he would not apply for bail.

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Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker remanded Gordon in custody and adjourned the matter to later this month.

He has been charged with recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm and resisting a territory public official.

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