Mandurah: man convicted over police assault

Mandurah: man convicted over police assault

A MANDURAH man was refused a spent conviction after he held two female police officers in a headlock for an extended period of time.

Quinton Lee Speight was sentenced in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday for two counts of assaulting a public officer.

His brother Cheyenne Daniel Speight Jr was also sentenced for being armed in a way that may cause fear and breaching protective bail conditions.

Quinton’s charges relate to an incident in Golden Bay in January in the company of his brother and two female relatives.

Police arrived at the address to arrest Cheyenne.

In response, Quinton carried a brick toward police.

One of the attending officers drew a taser, pointed it at Quinton and told him to drop the brick.

Quinton pushed a female officer with his chest, who stumbled.

He grabbed a second female officer in a headlock while thrashing his left arm at the first officer.

When Quinton had both officers around the head and neck, he tried to pull them to the ground.

The first female officer tasered Quinton in the stomach but he pulled the barbs out, so it had no effect. A male officer then pepper sprayed Quinton.

Quinton had wrapped the first officer’s radio cord around her head and was pulling at it.

The male officer struck Quinton to the leg and arm with his baton and the officers were able to handcuff him.

The first officer was left with a sore neck and hands, while the other had sore hands.

Cheyenne’s charges related to an incident in January, where police were called to a Greenfields property after he had made threats to self harm. When they arrived, he was carrying a hammer and a filleting knife.

Cheyenne reacted toward police in an aggressive manner.

Counsel for both men applied for spent convictions.

Magistrate Anne Longden granted Cheyenne a spent conviction and placed him on a nine month community based order.

However, she had doubts that Quinton would not commit the same offence again because of his attitude towards police officers.

Magistrate Longden said Quinton’s attack on police was at the higher end of the scale.

“It was a continued assault on two female police officers, who were put in a headlock by someone bigger, for an extended period of time,” she said. “At the least you were non compliant, abusive and aggressive to police only trying to do their job.”

She placed him on a 12 month intensive supervision order.

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