Corrections order for assaulting police

A LAVINGTON man described as having “an inglorious” criminal record was yesterday given an eight-month intensive corrections order for the assault of two women police officers in Albury’s main street.

Brent James Delaney, 22, of Nagle Road, appeared in Albury Local Court for sentencing after being assessed for the order and deemed suitable.

He had previously pleaded guilty to charges of resisting arrest, offensive language and two counts of assaulting an officer.

Delaney and his brother had been drinking at Groove Saint in Dean Street on August 4.

Police were escorting his brother out due to his level of intoxication when Delaney approached from behind and made contact with the back of two women officers causing them to move forward.

He questioned the whereabouts of male officers and was told to leave, but the brothers verbally abused the officers.

Delaney pushed one in the chest and the other officer tried to arrest him before he broke free of her grip.

More police arrived and his brother was handcuffed before Delaney lunged at a male officer.

He began to resist the officer and more police came to put the brothers in a police vehicle.

“He deeply regrets his offending,” his solicitor Mark Cronin said.

Magistrate Tony Murray said there was significant public interest to ensure this type of behaviour did not become a common occurrence.

Mr Murray said the officers received derogative, verbal abuse.

“I commend the police for their restraint,” Mr Murray said.

“The behaviour of the defendant was nothing less than disgraceful.”

He said Delaney was sentenced to 100 hours community service in 2011 for assaulting police.

Mr Murray said last year Delaney spent time in jail for a drink-driving offence.

The order was imposed on three charges with a $300 fine on the offensive language charge.

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