Six charged with alleged police assault

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SIX people have now been charged in relation to an alleged assault of police officers in St Kilda, with the most recent arrest being made in Frankston on 27 February.

Five of the six people charged in relation to the alleged assault last weekend have now faced court, with four of the six residing in the Frankston and Langwarrin area.

The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday 26 February that 38-year-old Frankston man Phillip O’Donnell had allegedly smashed a police officer’s head into the ground. The alleged incident occurred at around 3am, Sunday 24 February.

25-year-old Langwarrin woman Kayla Potts appeared before court on Monday alongside her partner Jack Houldcroft, while her brother Trent Potts and Mr O’Donnell appeared before court on Tuesday.

They were charged with two counts of assaulting police, affray, violent disorder, intentionally cause injury and other assault related offences.

Ms Potts, Mr Potts, and Mr O’Donnell were granted bail. Mr Houldcroft was remanded in custody.

After four people were initially charged (“Residents charged with police assault”, The Times, 25/2/19), two further people were arrested last week. 

A 26-year-old Frankston man was the most recent person charged in relation to the alleged incident. He was charged on 27 February by Stonnington and Port Phillip Crime Investigation Unit detectives with assault police officer, violent disorder, affray and other assault related charges. He was bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 3 June.

Police attending the alleged Fitzroy Street assault in the early hours of Sunday morning said pepper spray was deployed during the arrests. Police said two officers were injured during the alleged incident.

First published in the Frankston Times – 4 March 2019

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