Pair ap­pear for al­leged cop as­sault

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Liam Croy and Rourke Walsh

An en­gaged cou­ple ac­cused of at­tack­ing two coun­try po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing a traf­fic stop, caus­ing them cuts and bruises that needed hos­pi­tal treat­ment, will reap­pear in court next month.

Daniel James Dwane, 33, and Kas­san­dra Mon­ica Chilcott, 30, were each granted a four-week ad­journ­ment to seek more le­gal ad­vice at a short hear­ing in Nar­ro­gin Mag­is­trate’s Court last week.

The cou­ple are each charged with one count of as­sault­ing a pub­lic of­fi­cer over the al­leged in­ci­dent on Satur­day, May 19, in Wa­gin.

Po­lice al­lege of­fi­cers stopped the Wa­gin cou­ple’s ve­hi­cle for a ran­dom breath test about 11pm at the in­ter­sec­tion of Wen­dell and Johnston streets in the town’s south.

Po­lice say that Mr Dwane and Ms Chilcott be­came ag­gres­sive to­wards the male sergeant, fe­male se­nior con­sta­ble and each other.

Ms Chilcott is ac­cused of at­tack­ing the fe­male se­nior con­sta­ble “to the head and throat” while the of­fi­cers were speak­ing to her part­ner and try­ing to defuse the sit­u­a­tion.

“She then al­legedly con­tin­ued the as­sault by fur­ther kick­ing and strik­ing the of­fi­cer,” po­lice said in a state­ment.

“The male sergeant in­ter­vened and was al­legedly wres­tled to the ground by the 33-year-old man.

“The sergeant then at­tempted to as­sist the fe­male of­fi­cer but was fur­ther as­saulted by both the woman and the man.”

Po­lice said the of­fi­cers were able to call for back-up after us­ing cap­sicum spray and the cou­ple were taken into cus­tody and later charged.

The of­fi­cers were taken to Wa­gin Hos­pi­tal with in­juries suf­fered in the al­leged as­sault.

“Ad­di­tional of­fi­cers at­tended the scene along with an am­bu­lance,” po­lice said.

“Both of­fi­cers were treated for lac­er­a­tions and bruis­ing in­juries. They have since been re­leased.”

The cou­ple are due back in court on June 26.

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