Man charged after officer seriously assaulted following brawl - Albury

Sunday, 03 October 2021 08:06:05 AM

A man will appear in court today charged after a police officer was assaulted following a brawl in the state’s south overnight.

Just after 8.30pm (Saturday 2 October 2021), officers attached to Murray River Police District were conducting proactive patrols of the Albury area when they observed two men involved in a physical altercation on Dean Street.

As the two officers separated the men, a male senior constable was taken to the ground, before he was approached by a third unknown man and allegedly kicked in the face and knocked unconscious.

All three men fled the scene on foot.

The male senior constable was taken to Albury Base Hospital in a serious condition with facial fractures and a head injury.

Additional police arrived and established a crime scene, before officers commenced a search of the surrounding area.

A short time later, officers arrested the two men involved in the physical altercation – aged 22 and 20 – in separate locations nearby. They were taken to Albury Police Station.

Following inquiries, a 20-year-old Wodonga man was arrested at Albury Police Station about 10.15pm.

The 20-year-old Wodonga man was charged with cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent to resist arrest.

He was refused bail to appear before Wagga Wagga Bail Court today (Sunday 3 October 2021).

The older man – who was allegedly involved in the physical altercation – was charged with affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was granted conditional bail to appear before Albury Local Court on Monday 1 November 2021.

The 20-year-old Albury man remains in police custody and inquiries continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.