Trial for driver shot by police
THE charge of attempting to murder a Warwick Police officer was dropped yesterday, but Tommie Roy McCarthy was committed to stand trial for seven other offences at the next Warwick District Court sitting.
McCarthy was shot by a Warwick Police officer in the left arm after he tried to evade police after a dramatic alleged stolen vehicle pursuit which ended at Mt Marshall (north of Warwick) on New Year's Eve.
The former Allora resident's heavily tattooed hands were cuffed during the six-hour hearing as the police prosecutor raised concerns McCarthy would attempt to flee if left unrestrained.
His family watched from the public gallery as the police prosecutor called eight Warwick Police officers to the stand as well as independent witnesses – their testimony was streamed by telephone link – who saw the event unfold while waiting for their New Year's Evecelebration to begin.
When asked by Magistrate Anne Thacker, McCarthy said he had nothing to say and did not enter any plea in response to the charges against him.
Magistrate Thacker said there was insufficient evidence to establish intent to run down the police officer in a high-powered Holden and the attempted murder charge was dropped.
But McCarthy, who celebrated his 25th birthday behind bars, was committed to stand trial for committing acts intended to resist/prevent lawful arrest.
He has been in custody since New Year's Eve and was also committed to stand trial in the Warwick District Court at a date to be set to face two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts of stealing and two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
McCarthy did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody but will return to the Rose City on October 12 to face 12 other charges inthe Warwick Magistrates Court.
These charges include obstructing police, five counts of disqualified driving, four counts of failing to stop amotor vehicle and breach of bail.