Hitchcock police case delayed
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.