Bundaberg Police Superintendant Rowan Bond.
Bundaberg Police Superintendant Rowan Bond. File Photo

Our top cop slams assault

BUNDABERG’S top cop has sent a harsh warning to anyone who assaults his officers after a police officer was left with a black eye and busted nose on Thursday night.

Police arrested 19-year-old Jesse Jason Hillcoat Wawrzyniak after he tried to steal two tubes of glue.

“The fellow was taken to the watchhouse and while he was there, became extremely aggressive,” Bundaberg Police Superintendent Rowan Bond said.

“The officers became concerned for his welfare and thought he might be about to self harm.”

Supt Bond said the officers went to aid the man who turned around and punched a senior constable in the face.

“He received a black eye and a busted nose,” Supt Bond said.

“He had to go to hospital for treatment but he returned to work.”

Supt Bond said Wawrzyniak had been arrested trying to steal glue.

“There may well be a link between this behaviour and people sniffing glue,” the officer said.

Supt Bond described the teen’s actions as “abhorrent”.

“These officers are not paid to come to work and get assaulted,” he said.

“Members of the community are horrified that their police officers are being assaulted as often as they are.”

Supt Bond said while the assaults were not happening every day, they were not uncommon.

He referred to the violent attack on an officer earlier this month which resulted in him having a broken leg.

“He is recovering quite slowly,” Supt Bond said.

“He’s in good spirits but it’s going to be a long road to recovery.”

Supt Bond said assaulting police carried harsh maximum penalties.

“The community doesn’t wear their police officers being assaulted,” he said.

“We are part of the community.”

Wawrzyniak, who comes from Cedar Grove, near Brisbane, yesterday faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to serious assault and stealing.

He was sentenced to six months probation for the stealing offence and two months jail with immediate parole for assaulting the officer.