Not guilty plea for Glen Innes police assault charges

Inspector Matt Hemsworth commended the action of the police involved in the alleged incident.
Inspector Matt Hemsworth commended the action of the police involved in the alleged incident.

A Glen Innes man accused of kicking a police officer in the face pleaded not guilty in Local Court on Wednesday.

Jack Casey-Armstrong, 22, admitted to contravening an apprehended domestic violence order.

But in a brief court hearing he pleaded not guilty to resisting, assaulting and causing actual bodily harm to a Glen Innes police officer on August 9 between 7.05 and 7.20.

Magistrate Jacqueline Trad adjourned the charges to September 25 in order to set a trial date, ordering the prosecution to serve a brief by September 11.

The defendant appeared in court in a black shirt and white runners, but remained silent through the hearing.

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He is alleged to have hospitalised a Glen Innes police officer in Wentworth street by kicking her in the face to escape arrest.

Glen Innes Inspector Matt Hemsworth said it was unacceptable for police to face violence on the job.

"I have to commend the actions of the police involved," he said.

"It's very unfortunate that officer has been injured, however she's very resilient and she'll be back on duty in no time at all."

Glen Innes police aggressively target domestic violence offenders and enforce domestic violence court orders during known periods of elevated family violence. According to Inspector Matt Hemsworth these patrols have helped halve the domestic violence assault rate since 2016.