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Boxer refused bail for attacking police officer at riot

A BOXER, accused of attacking a police officer with a pole at an Islamic riot he claims he only attended because he thought it would be "peaceful", has been refused bail.

Father of three and three-time boxing champion Ahmed Elomar, 29, was one of 1000 people who stormed Sydney's CBD last year to protest against an anti-Islamic video posted online in the US.

Several police officers were injured while attempting to calm the crowd.

Police allege Mr Elomar hit an officer with a flagpole and threw objects at others.

His lawyer told the Sydney Supreme Court on Thursday that Mr Elomar was suffering brain damage from the head injuries had received through his sport and that, should he be released, he would remain under the "watchful eye" of his mother.

Justice Robert Holme questioned why Mr Elomar would have covered his face with a balaclava before attending the protest if he believed it would be peaceful and described his behaviour as "very concerning".

Mr Elomar will remain at Long Bay jail until he is back before the court next week.

Topics:  police, riot, sydney supreme court




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