Hitch­cock po­lice case de­layed

Herald Sun - - NEWS - IAN PATER­SON

A CHEER­FUL Shari-Lea Hitch­cock posed for cam­eras as she left court af­ter the ad­journ­ment of a hear­ing into claims she bit a po­lice of­fi­cer.

The so­cialite and once mis­tress to one of Aus­tralia’s rich­est men, the late bil­lion­aire card­board king Richard Pratt, waved and smiled at pho­tog­ra­phers af­ter the pros­e­cu­tion was forced to aban­don pro­ceed­ings at Syd­ney’s Down­ing Cen­tre Court.

Hitch­cock, 48, is charged with re­sist­ing ar­rest, as­sault­ing an of­fi­cer and com­mon as­sault af­ter she al­legedly bit the leg of an of­fi­cer fol­low­ing a lunch in Wool­lahra with other so­cialites, in­clud­ing Lizzie But­trose, on March 25, 2016.

Yes­ter­day, po­lice prose­cu­tor Craig Pull­men, who had only re­cently taken charge of the mat­ter, re­quested an ad­journ- ment be­cause the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer could not give ev­i­dence be­cause she had been on sick leave since Jan­uary af­ter be­ing in­jured while on duty.

The court has pre­vi­ously heard Hitch­cock was ar­rested af­ter a good Sa­mar­i­tan stopped to help her when she was seen “stum­bling in high heel boots” af­ter what was de­scribed in court as a boozy lunch.

The mat­ter will re­turn to court on June 7.

Shari-Lea Hitch­cock leaves court yes­ter­day.

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