Police assault charge man granted bail

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
An Albany man accused of assaulting a police officer at an out-of-control party pleads not guilty
Camera IconAn Albany man accused of assaulting a police officer at an out-of-control party pleads not guilty

An Albany man accused of assaulting a police officer with others at an out-of-control party in Orana in November last year has been released on bail after denying the charge last week.

Lincoln Colbung was one of four people charged after the violent scenes where three police officers were allegedly assaulted after going to the home in Flemington Street.

Appearing in Albany Magistrate’s Court via video link from Albany Regional Prison last Thursday, Mr Colbung pleaded not guilty to assaulting a public officer with circumstances of aggravation and obstructing public officers.

The court heard Mr Colbung allegedly assaulted the officer in the company of others and the officer suffered injuries amounting to bodily harm.

Footage of the incident was captured on mobile phone camera and posted to social media.

The court has previously heard that police allege Mr Colbung punched one of the three officers from behind when they attempted to arrest another man.

Defence lawyer Richard Hickson requested his client be released on bail, which was not opposed by police, despite Mr Colbung pleading guilty to breaching bail in January, which led to him being placed in custody.

Prosecuting Sergeant Carl Fjastad called for previous bail conditions placed on Mr Colbung be reinstated and that he not contact a co-offender and report twice a week to police.

He will next appear in the Albany District Court on May 25 when a trial date will be set.

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