Man faces police assault charges

A HEARING is under way at Tweed Heads Local Court today relating to a violent struggle in Chinderah last June.

Mark Anthony Gillon, 37, has been charged with a string of offences including three counts of assaulting police, using a weapon to avoid apprehension and two counts of possessing a prohibited drugs as well as two outstanding warrants.

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.

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 and at different times grabbed scissors and a knife that were lying around the room, flailing his arms in the direction of both officers.

Snr Constable Morris said he had sprayed Gillon with capsicum spray and administered several choke holds in an attempt to detain him but it took several attempts for him to be finally handcuffed.

The court heard Snr Const Telfer needed shoulder surgery after the incident and is also suffering from ongoing psychological injuries.

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 Dakin adjourned the court for lunch.

The hearing continues this afternoon.

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