‘ Po­lice aren’t punch­ing bags’ Teen party gets vi­o­lent

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Emily Mac­don­ald

A YOUNG po­lice of­fi­cer was se­ri­ously as­saulted when he and his col­leagues at­tempted to break up a party of more than one hun­dred drunken, mostly un­der­age, brawl­ing youths in Kir­wan.

Eleven marked and undercover po­lice cars con­tain­ing more than 20 of­fi­cers were c a l l e d t o t h e p a r t y a t Easter­brook Cres around 2am on Satur­day. Groups of fight­ing youths had spilled o u t o n t o n o t o n l y Easter­brook Cres but sev­eral ad­join­ing streets. Of­fi­cers asked a 19-year-old Sa­rina woman to move on from the party and she re­sponded with a stream of abuse.

Po­lice tried to take the woman into cus­tody but a num­ber of other party go­ers ob­structed them and so the w o ma n b r o k e f r e e a n d punched the young male con­sta­ble in the mouth while he

Sen-Sgt Gary Ed­diehausen was try­ing to deal with one of the other rowdy youths.

The Kir­wan of­fi­cer re­ceived a split lip, cuts to his nose and jaw in­juries and he had to be taken to hos­pi­tal but was later dis­charged.

The woman was charged with se­ri­ous as­sault of a po­lice of­fi­cer, ob­struct po­lice and disor­derly be­hav­iour.

Six peo­ple, the youngest of whom was 15, were ar­rested at the party on a to­tal of 15 charges i nclud­ing bod­ily harm, pub­lic nui­sance and ob­struct po­lice.

A 17-year-old Kir­wan man also walked to the po­lice sta­tion at 3.30am to abuse the of­fi­cers for break­ing up the party. He was asked to leave but re­fused and so was ar­rested af­ter a tus­sle at the front counter.

K i r w a n p o l i c e s t a t i o n o f f i c e r - i n - c h a r g e S e n i o r Sergeant Gary Ed­diehausen said he was dis­gusted by the in­ci­dent which caused of­fi­cers to pa­trol the area for hours af­ter the party was dis­persed to re­gain or­der.

‘ ‘ Po­lice aren’t punch­ing bags. They shouldn’t be sub­jected to this kind of ir­re­spon­si­ble rat­bag be­hav­iour,’’ he said. ‘‘ I’m very up­set one of my young of­fi­cers has been set upon by this group. He was deal­ing with some­one else and we will be al­leg­ing she hit him from the side with­out him see­ing it com­ing. Po­lice have to at­tend calls for ser­vice for peo­ple who need as­sis­tance, not babysit drunken idiots.’’

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