Perth cop fined for teen assault

Perth senior constable Andrew Barber outside court. Picture: Anton La Macchia
Perth senior constable Andrew Barber outside court. Picture: Anton La Macchia

A SENIOR Constable from the Perth district was fined $2500 after he pleaded guilty to common assault of a 16-year-old girl.

Andrew Barber, 36, forcefully pushed the girl onto a bench and sat on her in an incident captured by CCTV camera on May 25.

He had been tasked with escorting the teenager from Northbridge to the station on suspicion of attempted robbery, Perth Magistrates Court heard on Friday.

But when she kicked the door in his face, he lashed out in what Magistrate Greg Smith described as a “gross overreaction”.

“It was completely uncalled for,” the magistrate said.

Police said the girl did not require medical attention following the incident.

Barber, who has been an officer for 11 years, was stood down from operational duty and pleaded guilty to common assault.

He was fined $2500 and ordered to pay $705 in court costs.

Mr Smith noted the girl had been abusive and accepted Barber was remorseful and unlikely to reoffend.

He said while police officers were human like everyone else, they often faced stressful situations.

“Ordinary people of good character can sometimes lose their temper,” he said.

“The community expects … from police officers a very high standard of behaviour and a high standard of self-control.”

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