Teen on cop assault count

Daryna ZadvirnaAlbany Advertiser
Acting officer in charge Albany Police Nathan Parkey.
Camera IconActing officer in charge Albany Police Nathan Parkey. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A 17-year-old boy allegedly punched a female police officer in the face after striking another officer in the head with a weapon during an attempted burglary at the Middleton Beach Bowling Club.

Police were called to the bowling club after an alarm was set off about 3am last Saturday.

Albany police Acting Sen. Sgt Nathan Parkey said the first officers on the scene entered the premises when two males, aged 17 and 28, were allegedly in the process of “loading up some alcohol”, having already taken some cash.

He said the officers were then confronted by the pair outside, where they arrested the 28-year-old.

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One of the officers was allegedly struck in the side of the head with an object believed to be scissors or a hammer during a struggle with the teenager.

The blow caused a large laceration to the senior constable’s head, which required four stitches.

Sen. Sgt Parkey said the boy then managed to break free and tried to run away before he was confronted by a second unit of police.

He allegedly struck a female senior constable in the face while she tried to arrest him, causing bruising to her forehead.

Both males have been charged with aggravated burglary, assaulting a public officer in prescribed circumstances, and stealing.

Sen. Sgt Parkey said the officers were in good spirits.

“They went straight back to work and just finished their night shift this morning,” he said.

“They’re seasoned campaigners, so they’re doing well and we’ll make sure that they continue to do well.

“It’s not something we’d like to see but we are prepared that these sort of things will happen to us in our job.”

The boy appeared in the Perth Children’s Court yesterday. The 28-year-old is due to appear at the Albany Magistrate’s Court on January 9.

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