PAIR PLEAD ‘NOT GUILTY’

A Wa­gin cou­ple ac­cused of as­sault­ing po­lice dur­ing a ran­dom breath test last month plan to fight the charges in court.

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Michael Traill

An en­gaged Wa­gin cou­ple who al­legedly as­saulted two Wa­gin po­lice of­fi­cers in May pleaded not guilty to their charges in Nar­ro­gin Mag­is­trate’s Court last Tues­day.

Daniel James Dwane, 33, pleaded not guilty to a charge of as­sault of a pub­lic of­fi­cer, while Kassandra Mon­ica Chilcott, 30, pleaded not guilty to a charge of as­sault pub­lic of­fi­cer un­der pre­scribed cir­cum­stance.

They will face trial in Nar­ro­gin Mag­is­trate’s Court on Au­gust 21.

No con­di­tions have been placed on their bail.

The al­leged at­tack took place on the night of Sat­ur­day, May 19, as Mr Dwane and Ms Chilcott trav­elled home with two friends from a 21st birth­day event in Wa­gin.

Po­lice al­lege two of­fi­cers stopped the ve­hi­cle about 11pm for a ran­dom breath test.

Po­lice al­lege Mr Dwane and Ms Chilcott be­came ag­gres­sive to­wards the two of­fi­cers and each other.

Po­lice al­lege a male sergeant in­ter­vened, and that Mr Dwane wres­tled him to the ground.

It will be al­leged the sergeant then tried to as­sist the fe­male of­fi­cer, but he was fur­ther as­saulted by both the woman and the man.

The of­fi­cers called for back-up af­ter they used cap­sicum spray on the cou­ple.

Both of­fi­cers were treated at Wa­gin Hospi­tal for lac­er­a­tions and bruis­ing, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice state­ment at the time.

The cou­ple were given a four­week ad­journ­ment to seek le­gal ad­vice on their ini­tial May 22 ap­pear­ance.

Kassandra Mon­ica Chilcott and Daniel James Dwane.

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