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Police officer bitten as siblings fight it out on street

KEEPING it in the family was not the best move for a 24-year-old lout who, with his sister, got into a drunken fight with police.

The siblings left one officer nursing a bite to the head.

Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday convicted Elijah Lloyd Charles Skiller, 24, and fined him $1000 for his part in the melee.

The court heard he had been interfering with the attempted arrest of his sister on April 12 on Goondoon St.

He abused officers and rushed at another man on the footpath, as police attempted to talk to his sister about her behaviour.

The incident escalated, with officers then attempting to place Skiller's sister under arrest.

As a policeman was placing his sister into the police car, the court heard Skiller began abusing the officer, telling him repeatedly to leave his sister alone.

Police prosecutor Emma Bonnyman told the court Skiller then shaped up and pushed the sergeant, before the pair began to struggle on the street.

The heavily intoxicated Skiller was then joined by his sister, who had exited the police car and decided to jump in and help her brother during the fight.

Skiller's sister then allegedly jumped on the back of the sergeant and, after the pair had forced the officer to the ground, she allegedly bit the policeman on the head.

Skiller and his sister were eventually arrested and transported to the watchhouse, where Skiller returned a BAC reading of 0.315, an indication of just how intoxicated he was.

Under section 142A of the Justices Act, Magistrate Russell Warfield was able to deal with the matter in Skiller's absence, as he did not appear in court on Tuesday.

Mr Warfield recorded a conviction against Skiller for assaulting or obstructing a police officer and committing public nuisance. He was fined $1000.

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