News

Man guilty on police assault

An artist's sketch of Mark Anthony Gillon as he sat in court this week.
An artist's sketch of Mark Anthony Gillon as he sat in court this week. Artist: Naiara Lagoeiro

A MAN has been found guilty on a string of charges in Tweed Heads Local Court on Wednesday after a violent struggle in Chinderah last year when he tried to avoid arrest by threatening police with scissors and a knife.

Mark Anthony Gillon, 37, had pleaded not guilty and disputed most of the prosecution's evidence.

The court heard Tweed police officers Senior Constable Glenn Telfer and Sergeant Rod Morris had arrived at a Wommin Bay Rd address in Chinderah to serve Gillon with arrest warrants on June 23, 2011.

They said Gillon had been hiding from police before a lengthy struggle began in the cluttered garage on the property.

They both said Gillon struggled to avoid arrest, continued to fight both officers despite being sprayed with capsicum spray and at different times grabbed scissors and a knife that were lying around the room, flailing his arms in the direction of both officers, before he was eventually handcuffed.

However the defence lawyer for Gillon tells a different story.

During his cross-examination he put to both officers that although Gillon resisted apprehension, police were able to get him under control within a few minutes, that he never used scissors or a knife, and that he was handcuffed before he was sprayed in the face with capsicum spray.

Magistrate Michael Dakin wasn't convinced that Gillon understood the severity of his actions.

He said Gillon had attempted to downplay his violent actions and convicted him based on strong prosecution evidence.

"Both police officers are largely consistent in their evidence and are highly experienced officers," Magistrate Dakin said.

"He (Gillon) leaves me with the impression that he is only too willing to understate the extent of the violence and his involvement.

"It is an inescapable conclusion... the evidence is proved."

Magistrate Dakin adjourned sentencing until May 28.

Topics:  court, police



Call for more Tweed special ed places

SUPPORT: Jacob Lorenzo, 18, from Tweed Heads South struggled to find a special education position when he moved up to the Tweed.

More special ed places needed in Tweed.

Callea channels legend for Glitter

WHAM: Anthony Callea plays the Glitter Festival on October 8 at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Anthony Callea brings the songs of a star to the glitter strip.

Shark drones, nets or culling? How to protect Tweed beaches

Last shark registered by the SharkSmart Ap on  Saturday, September 24.  NSWDPI aerial team took a photo of the 4m White Shark at Fingal Head. It was monitored by lifeguards.

HOW do you think the Tweed should manage the risk of shark attack?

Local Partners

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

Callea channels legend for Glitter

WHAM: Anthony Callea plays the Glitter Festival on October 8 at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Anthony Callea brings the songs of a star to the glitter strip.

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

Channel 9 orders second season of Doctor Doctor

Rodger Corser stars in the TV series Doctor Doctor.

RURAL medical drama finds a loyal following.

Penthouse in beach paradise

Take in the beach front views from the balcony of 701/ 4-10 Douglas Street, Kirra.

This beachfront penthouse is the perfect place to enjoy the views.

Casuarina sets the benchmark in Tweed market

Our property market is as strong as it's been since the crisis

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction