Ted Sorrensen at the Electoral Commission of Queensland office in Hervey Bay before the announcement of candidates.
Ted Sorrensen at the Electoral Commission of Queensland office in Hervey Bay before the announcement of candidates.

Ted Sorensen stands united with Police Union over appeal

CALLS have been made for immediate action to protect our police officers after a man walked free after spitting at a police officer and head-butting another.

Queensland Police Union of Employees Hervey Bay branch president Senior Constable Brad Allen said it was the position of the union that penalties for assaults on all emergency services workers must be investigated immediately.

"It's unacceptable, the penalties to these incidents are completely out of sync with community expectations," he said.

The calls come after Troy Anthony Kirby, 35, was sentenced in Maryborough District Court to a two-year wholly suspended jail term, and two years probation for spitting at one police officer and head-butting another at Hervey Bay Hospital in July.

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said he supported the union in their calls and said he would be writing to Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath to have the decision reviewed.

"The LNP, when in Government, was very serious about tackling violence against the police and we changed the penalties to fit the crime," he said.

"The Attorney-General needs to show that she is serious too and obtain urgent advice about appealing this inadequate sentence."

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders echoed Mr Sorensen's comments condemning the attack as "disgusting".

"The lowest thing you can do is spit on a person let alone a police officer," he said.

However, he said he would leave any decision about an appeal to the Attorney-General.

Acting Attorney-General Cameron Dick said he was seeking advice on the matter the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The maximum penalty for serious assault on a police officer is 14 years prison.



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