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Man smokes cannabis, then attacks police officer

A MAN who assaulted a police officer while in a drug-induced psychosis, has been put on probation.

Remy Che Brennan, 24, pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay District Court, to three charges from October 17 last year.

Crown prosecutor David Finch said Brennan scratched and bit the officer in a "serious and sustained assault", following a chase near Hervey Bay.

He submitted photos of the injuries suffered by the officer - injuries around his left eye, neck and shoulder.

Brennan's lawyer, James Godbolt, said his client's behaviour was "bizarre".

"His behaviour on the day can only be attributed to him being in a drug-induced psychosis," Mr Godbolt said.

He said Brennan had severe mental health issues relating to depression and had not been taking his prescribed medication.

Instead, Brennan was using cannabis and after not leaving the house for three days, decided to drive his mother's car, while under the influence of the drug.

When Brennan stopped in the street and sat in the car, two people approached to see if he needed assistance.

"I stab dogs in front of people like you," Brennan said.

The police were called, at which point Brennan ran into the bushland.

After a chase, Brennan assaulted the police officer and was also injured by one of the police dogs used in the chase.

Mr Godbolt said when Brennan took his prescribed anti-psychotic medication he was a "pleasant and agreeable young man", who had spent the past six months doing volunteer work.

Judge Gary Long said Brennan needed ongoing therapy and supervision, and decided probation was the appropriate sentence to provide this.

Brennan, charged with assaulting and obstructing police, was sentenced to three years' probation. He was disqualified from driving for nine months for driving under the influence of drugs.

Topics:  assault, hervey bay district court, police officer



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