THREE men who allegedly bashed a Queensland police officer unconscious after attending a mate's funeral were freed on bail just 20 hours later, despite a magistrate labelling the attack "sickening".

Brothers Brodie and Darcy Rayner, 22 and 21, and 20-year-old Jayden Symons were granted bail in the Cairns Magistrates Court yesterday, in the same week Queensland's bail legislation came under fire following the release of a teenager accused of killing toddler Mason Jet Lee.

The men were drunk and had allegedly been kicked out of a pub on Tuesday night following a wake for friend Cory Duncan, who died in a motorbike crash last week.

They allegedly "stomped and punched" the 28-year-old acting sergeant near the Esplanade Lagoon about 7pm, and he briefly lost consciousness before his female partner capsicum sprayed the men.

Three men charged with assaulting a Cairns police officer walk free from the Cairns watch house after a magistrate granted all three bail.
Three men charged with assaulting a Cairns police officer walk free from the Cairns watch house after a magistrate granted all three bail. BRENDAN RADKE

The incident was captured on CCTV and the officer was released from hospital late on Tuesday night with multiple abrasions.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said police were fed up with offenders affected by alcohol and drugs "doing whatever they want".

"This was a sickening, vicious and callous attack on a police officer who was simply doing their job," he said.

Police Prosecutor Acting Sergeant Morgan Harris described the alleged offending in court as a "very violent assault on a police officer", that involved "stomping and punching".

Jayden Symons, 20, Darcy Rayner, 21 and Brodie Rayner, 22 have been charged with the alleged assault on a Cairns police officer.
Jayden Symons, 20, Darcy Rayner, 21 and Brodie Rayner, 22 have been charged with the alleged assault on a Cairns police officer.

The court heard none of the men have a criminal history but police objected to their bail based on the seriousness of the offence.

Duty solicitor Steve Wettenhall argued for their release, revealing they were all traumatised following their friend's death and were drunk.

Mr Wettenhall said they were not an unacceptable risk of reoffending, and Acting Magistrate Susie Warrington agreed, granting their release. The case was adjourned until July 19.

News Corp Australia


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