Man, 79, charged with cop assault

ELDERLY Hastings Point resident Raymond Morrissey has been charged with assaulting a police officer.

The 79-year-old is accused of obstructing and assaulting a Tweed/Byron police officer in the course of his duty.

The charges relate to an incident at the Pottsville shopping centre on February 20.

It is understood a verbal altercation began between Mr Morrissey and the Tweed Heads Highway Patrol officer after Mr Morrissey witnessed the officer trying to stop a car in the shopping centre's car park about 11am.

A struggle began when the officer tried to arrest Mr Morrissey and he allegedly resisted.

The elderly man is accused of striking the senior constable in the face, causing a minor laceration.

Inspector Jim Kain of Tweed/Byron police said Mr Morrissey would appear at Tweed Heads Local Court for mention on April 27.

“He was issued a future Court Attendance Notice for wilfully obstructing an officer in the execution of his duty and assaulting an officer in the execution of his duty,” Inspector Kain said.

Mr Morrissey's wife Fay, 76, and her friend Pam Roney, 75, were also allegedly involved in the incident, but no charges have been laid against them.

It is understood both women stepped in to defend Mr Morrissey at separate times during the incident.

It is not known whether Mr Morrissey plans to fight the charges, but he says he has lodged a complaint against the officer to the police ombudsman.

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