Melbourne man sentenced for assaulting police at Sydney airport

A 27-year-old man who was arrested on Monday (June 13, 2022) at Sydney Airport has been fined and placed on a community corrections warrant for assaulting four AFP officers and two members of the public.

Airline staff refused to allow the Melbourne man to board his scheduled flight after deeming him too intoxicated.

The man remained at the airport in a bar in the Arrivals area, where he acted in a disorderly manner, approaching and insulting multiple members of the public.

He subsequently returned to the exit level, where he assaulted two members of the public. One of the men received minor injuries.

When AFP officers arrived, the man resisted arrest and responded aggressively to police.

Four AFP officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the incident, including cuts and abrasions, before the man was taken from the airport and charged.

Superintendent Matthew Parsons said this arrest should serve as a stark reminder to the public that AFP has zero tolerance for anti-social, dangerous and violent behavior at airports.

“As domestic and international travel increases again, we remind the public to exercise consideration at airports and treat others with respect,” said Superintendent Parsons.

“There is no excuse for antisocial or aggressive behavior and people who choose to act in this way will be met with the full force of the law.”

The matter was heard in the Central Local Court on Tuesday (June 14, 2022) where the man pleaded guilty to the following offences:

Behaving in an offensive manner in a public place in breach of section 4(1) of the Summary Offenses Act 1988 (NSW); Assault causing actual bodily harm in contravention of section 59(1) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW); Resisting an officer in the execution of his duty against section 58 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW); and Common Assault contrary to section 61 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

He was given three fines totaling $1,100 and a six-month community corrections order.

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