Police attacker escapes jail with court only issuing a fine
A MAN who tried to gouge a Warwick police detective's eye with his fingers during a drunken attack has walked from court with just a fine.
The Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday heard Shayne Kenneth McRorie assaulted the officer when he and his friend, Alexander Milton Denner, mistook two detectives for hoons.
The two Warwick men hurled abuse at the detectives and taunted them when they thought the unmarked car approached the pedestrian crossing the men were walking across.
The detectives exited the car and identified themselves as police officers and 41-year-old McRorie "struck out" and hit one of the detectives in the chest.
Police prosecutor Steve de Lissa said a struggle ensued as the detective tried to restrain a heavily intoxicated McRorie and the pair fell to the ground.
"(McRorie) reached around, put a hand on the detective's eye and used his fingers in attempt to pull his eye out," Snr Const de Lissa said.
The detective suffered scratches and bruising to his eye and head and a swollen knee.
Defence solicitor Phillip Crook told the court McRorie was an alcoholic who had been sober for the three years prior to this incident.
He said his client had one drink that night and due to his problem was unable to stop from drinking more.
The court heard McRorie had little recollection of the incident and was remorseful once he sobered up.
Acting Magistrate Dennis Beutel scolded McRorie on his violent outburst and ordered him to pay a fine and compensation to the injured detective.
"This is an extremely serious matter where the person has attempted to gouge the eye of a police officer," he said.
McRorie - who the court heard had a history of violent offending - pleaded guilty to assaulting and obstructing police.
The father of two was fined $800 and ordered to pay a further $600 in compensation.
A conviction was recorded against him.
Co-offender Denner, 19, was fined $400 for public nuisance but no conviction was recorded against him.