Policeman king-hit in street attrack

A YOUNG Pottsville man narrowly avoided jail yesterday for an unprovoked king-hit on a police officer.

The Tweed Heads Local Court heard a crowd of people in the Pottsville CBD watched as Brendon Batrim violently struggled with two police officers on the afternoon of July 30 this year.

Punches were exchanged in the fierce confrontation before two officers wrestled Bartrim to the ground and finally subdued him with two doses of capsicum spray and handcuffs.

Bartrim, 22, yesterday pleaded guilty to counts of assaulting police and resisting arrest.

Magistrate Jeff Linden said Bartrim 'king-hit' the officer for no reason and sentenced him to a 12-month suspended prison sentence, with conditions of good behaviour and probation.

Police facts stated the Kingscliff officers were on their way to Pottsville when they saw smashed glass on the road in Coronation Drive.

A crowd of people was watching a small white car parked on the side of the road with what appeared to be a broken window.

Police approached and saw Bartrim in the driver's seat speaking to his girlfriend in the passenger's seat.

Bartrim told one officer to 'mind his own business' and said the glass was there when he arrived.

One of the officers got out of the police four-wheel-drive, left the door open and stood next to Bartrim's car.

Bartrim got out, hitting the police car door in the process. Then, without warning, he king-hit the officer.

Bartrim threw more punches at the officer's head and the officer started throwing punches at Bartrim in self- defence.

Bartrim was eventually subdued with capsicum spray.

The police officer's injuries included abrasions, bruising to the left ear and cheek, a bloodied nose, grazes to the right knee and abrasions to his knuckles.

Bartrim's solicitor, Cameron Bell, said his client had sought medical help about his anger issues and wanted to apologise to the officers involved.

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