Man accused of coward punch on policeman gets bail

A 38-YEAR-old man accused of delivering a coward punch to a police officer and punching another policeman twice in the face has been granted bail.

Benjamin Robert Gourlay had been held in custody since his arrest after the alleged incidents in Stanthorpe at the weekend.

The policeman allegedly king hit by Gourlay is expected to undergo surgery for facial injuries.

The other officer who was allegedly struck twice in the face has since returned to normal duties.

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Police claim two firearms and a large amount of ammunition were found during a subsequent police search of the defendant's property.

Gourlay has not as yet been required to enter any pleas to charges including two counts of serious assault of police officers causing bodily harm and one each of serious assault of a police officer, unlawful possession of weapons and explosives (ammunition).

The prosecution have elected to have the matters go by indictment, meaning the case will be heard in the District Court.

It is expected because the incidents are alleged to have taken place in Stanthorpe that the case will be transferred back to that jurisdiction for future court mentions.

Magistrate Damian Carroll granted bail and adjourned the matters for committal mention on September 22.



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