Man returned to jail after assault on police officer

Above: The knife found in the car. Right: The officer’s nose was broken.
Above: The knife found in the car. Right: The officer’s nose was broken.

The assault occurred just six weeks after Lucas James Staker (29) got out of jail for assaulting a prison officer.

Staker pleaded guilty to assaulting a public officer, possessing a controlled weapon and possessing drug paraphernalia when he appeared via video link.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rod Murray said Staker was the rear passenger in a vehicle in Halls Head on May 16. Sgt Murray said two officers approached the vehicle and asked if there were dangerous items in the vehicle.

He said an officer saw a large knife and put Staker in handcuffs.

Sgt Murray said Staker headbutted the officer on the nose.

Another officer restrained Staker.

The injured officer was treated at Peel Health Campus for a broken nose. He will require plastic surgery and need about one month off work.

Staker said he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and had been using methylamphetamine at the time.

‘I lost control,’ Staker told the court.

He said he found it hard when out of jail because he got caught up in his old life.

Staker’s jail term was backdated to May 17 and he will be eligible for parole. He was fined $200 for possessing drug paraphernalia.