Jail for kicking policewoman

AN assault on a policewoman last September saw a Coffs Harbour man jailed for 18 months on Friday.

The conviction followed a riot at the 2008 Group 2 rugby league grand final during which a policewoman collapsed.

Nine witnesses gave evidence about the riot during the two-day hearing at Coffs Harbour Local Court before relieving magistrate Mr D Pearce. The magistrate convicted 22-year-old Nathan Ian Green of Mann Close, Coffs Harbour, on one charge of assaulting a police officer in the execution of her duty and causing actual bodily harm and two counts of affray and imposed a 12-month non-parole period.

Green was also fined $400 on a fourth charge of possessing prohibited drugs.

He will be eligible for parole on January 8, 2010.

The Group 2 rugby league grand final between the Woolgoolga Seahorses and the Orara Valley Axemen had just gone into extra time on September 7, 2008 when a fight broke out between spectators on the western side of the Woolgoolga Sportsground.

Police, who were already on patrol on the ground, moved in to break up the brawl, which involved about 10 people.

A police spokesman at the time said a female senior constable dropped her radio during the incident and when she bent down to pick it up she was kicked in the head.

A short time later she collapsed and lost consciousness.

She was taken to the emergency department of Coffs Harbour Hospital for observation and was later released.



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