Police to appeal sentence for man who urinated on officer
THE Queensland Police Service has appealed the sentence a man received for urinating on a police officer who was performing her duties in Ayr.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the appeal was lodged after Ellian Stewart Terare, 25, received a three-month suspended jail term for urinating on the officer's feet and pants.
"The Newman Government has already made it clear that assaults on police will not be tolerated by doubling the maximum sentence for a serious assault on police from seven to 14 years," Mr Dempsey said.
"These penalties will be reviewed in 12 months' time to ensure they are meeting the expectations of the community.
"Any assault on a police officer is unacceptable and the punishment should meet the community's expectations.
"Assaults involving bodily fluids are particularly traumatic for officers and a message needs to be sent that urinating on, spitting on or biting a police officer is absolutely deplorable."