Man faces court over alleged assault on policewoman

Police arrested a Corio man following an alleged assault involving a policewoman and security guard at an AFL match at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday night.

The 45-year-old was charged with two counts of recklessly causing injury, unlawful assault, resisting police, assaulting an emergency worker and behaving in a riotous manner, according to police.

Police alleged the incident occurred during the match between Geelong and North Melbourne after the man was asked to leave due to intoxication and behavioural issues.

The man assaulted the security guard and policewoman as he was exiting the venue before being pepper-sprayed and arrested, police alleged.

Paramedics took the policewoman, in her 30s, to University Hospital Geelong with facial injuries.

A second policewoman, who was affected by the pepper spray, was also taken to hospital.

Geelong Football Club released a statement on Sunday afternoon condemning the incident.

“The club is aware of an incident at last night’s game,” the statement read.

“All people should be able to attend the football in a safe environment without incidents such as these occurring.

“We will work with various stakeholders to ascertain more details around the incident.”

The man has been bailed to appear at Geelong Magistrates’ Court on 9 December, according to police.

Under recently-amended laws the charge of assaulting an emergency worker carries a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in prison.


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