ARREST: Police restrain a man near Moore’s Creek earlier this week.
ARREST: Police restrain a man near Moore’s Creek earlier this week. WIN TV

Man allegedly assaults officer with headbutt after theft

ROCKHAMPTON Constable Michael Edwards was allegedly headbutted by Timothy Robert Walpole in the early hours of Tuesday morning after he and Milton Christopher Williams were apprehended in bushland near Moore's Creek, a court heard yesterday.

The Rockhampton Magistrates Court was told police had earlier received a call from a resident who woke to find his $5000 motorbike stolen.

The person followed the accused offenders by car, but they dropped the bike and fled after they verbally abused and attempted to punch the victim.

Prosecutor Matthew Heelan said after the two men were found near Moore's Creek, Walpole was handcuffed but became uncooperative and headbutted Const Edwards in the mouth, chipping his tooth.

Mr Heelan said Walpole continued with the violent abuse and threats.

He said he was taken to the watchhouse where he refused to cooperate or be interviewed.

Williams, 18, was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possession of a knife in a public place.

He was released on bail yesterday and ordered to reappear in court on October 16.

Walpole, 24, and unemployed of no fixed address, was denied bail.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said the charges were serious with strong evidence, and Walpole was an unacceptable risk after failing to appear in court five times previously.


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