Officer to sue over Hep C bite

A FORMER Maryborough policeman who was bitten by a hepatitis-C infected offender at the Maryborough watchhouse is trying to sue the Queensland Police Service — more than three years after his attacker was freed from jail for the offence.

In June 2007 Granville man Mark Tracey Ackland pleaded guilty to seriously assaulting Senior Constable Jamie Hoolahan.

Ackland had bitten the policeman on the arm after a struggle at the Maryborough watchhouse on February 25 that year.

Ackland was sentenced to six months in jail for the offence and a parole release date was set for August 2007.

But the trauma of the incident affected Sen Const Hoolahan to such an extent that he retired for medical reasons early this year. He claimed he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after discovering Ackland was infected with hepatitis C.

This week filed he documents with the Supreme Court in Brisbane in a bid to sue the police service for $750,000.

He claims he had no access to capsicum foam at the time of the offence and was not offered counselling following the bite.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said the service was unable to comment on the matter because it was before the court.



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