Man arrested under new legislation protecting emergency services workers, South Australia

A man will face court after he was charged under new legislation aimed at protecting frontline emergency service workers from being assaulted.

Just after 9pm on Monday 7 October, police were called to Albert Street at Prospect, after reports of a man assaulting a woman known to him. Police will allege the man (who was under a current intervention order), punched the woman several times before patrols arrived. He was placed under arrest at the scene before allegedly trying to run away and then violently struggling with police.

It will further be alleged that during the struggle, the man attempted to assault one police officer before assaulting the other officer.

The 32-year-old from Salisbury North was charged with aggravated assault (domestic relationship), breach intervention order, hinder police, resist police and two counts of assault a prescribed emergency worker (police). He appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court yesterday and has been remanded in custody to reappear on 31 January.

The victim did not seek medical attention while the police officer was treated at hospital for a wrist injury and returned to active duty the following day.

The accused is the first person to be charged under new legislation designed to protect police officers and other emergency service workers from being assaulted while performing their duties. The legislation, which came into effect in July, provides a penalty of up to 15 years imprisonment for anyone found guilty of assaulting a prescribed emergency worker.

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