Senior pleads not guilty
AN elderly man accused of fighting with a police officer in February will now take his fight to the court.
Raymond Morrissey is alleged to have obstructed and assaulted a Tweed Heads senior constable in the Pottsville village central business district back on February 20 of this year.
At Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday, the 79-year-old pleaded not guilty to the two charges from the altercation.
Morrissey was represented by solicitor Bill Sizeland in a short court mention yesterday.
Mr Sizeland entered the not-guilty plea on behalf of his client.
Magistrate Nick Reimer adjourned the case until June 1.
It will be heard again at the Tweed Heads Local Court.
Morrissey had a number of supporters at the courthouse yesterday.
Charges were laid in relation to the alleged incident about a month after it took place.
Morrissey's wife Fay, 76, and her friend Pam Roney, 75, were also allegedly involved in the incident.
However, no charges have been laid against either woman.
When approached by the Tweed Daily News yesterday, Morrissey declined to comment on his decision to fight the charges at court.
According to Armstrong Legal, the maximum penalty for assault of police in New South Wales is a five-year jail term.