Prisoner cleared of water assault

A PRISONER accused of assaulting a correctional officer by throwing water at him has been cleared of the charge in the Maryborough Magistrates Court.

Simeon Frederick Blair was found not guilty of assaulting the officer at Maryborough Correctional Centre on September 5.

The court heard the officer was checking prisoner files in the detention unit when he felt water hit his face and shirt.

Another correctional officer said he saw Blair throw the water from his cup through a small air vent.

Blair’s solicitor Travis George, however, submitted there was no case to answer.

Mr George said Blair could not see the officer and therefore did not intend to assault him.

He added the force of the water did not cause discomfort or injury so could not be defined as an assault.

Magistrate John Smith agreed there was not enough evidence to prove each element of the offence and the charge was formally dismissed.



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