Police puncher on bond for year
The 79-year-old was convicted at Mullumbimby Local Court on Thursday of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty and wilfully obstructing an officer in the execution of his duty.
He was given a 12-month good behaviour bond and ord- ered to pay court costs.
The charges arose from a February 20 scuffle between Morrissey and Tweed Byron Police senior constable John Mul- hearn.
Police said Snr Cnst Mulhearn had used his siren to pull over a car already entering a supermarket car park in Pottsville.
Morrissey called out to Mulhearn and said the siren was unnecessary, which lead to the altercation between the two in which the pensioner landed two punches on the officer.
Morrissey, who had pleaded not guilty, declined to comment on the case yesterday.