AN Orange man who allegedly bit a police officer on the arm several times after a violent altercation while trying to escape faced Orange Local Court on a string of charges on Monday, and was ordered to be taken to Bloomfield for a psychiatric assessment.
When Timothy Ah-See was escorted handcuffed into the dock he acknowledge three young women sitting in the back of the courtroom, blowing them a kiss and gesturing to them he needed money for cigarettes.
Aboriginal Legal Aid solicitor Arjun Chhabra told relieving magistrate Michael Allen after speaking with his client in the cells at the court room he felt confident to make a section 33 application under the Mental Health Act to have his client mentally assessed.
“At this stage I am not in a position to enter any pleas for my client,” Mr Chhabra said.
Mr Allen ordered that if Ah-See was assessed at Bloomfield and did not fall under a section 33 of the Mental Health Act, he should be immediately returned to Orange court for the case against him to proceed.
Mr Allen told the court he had papers before him that indicated Ah-See was already on bail to face court on April 2 for alleged stalking and intimidation, malicious damage and failing to appear in court while on bail, and was also scheduled to appear in court on May 27 on other charges of allegedly assaulting police and resisting police.
When the issue of the apprehended violence order was addressed one of the young women stood up and called out to the magistrate.
“I don’t want him to …,” she said before police prosecutor Andy Bobin swung around and pointed to the young woman.
“You sit down and be quiet please,” he said.
Police allege Ah-See was arrested at a unit in Dalton Street on Friday following an alleged domestic violence-related assault.
While at the police station he told officers he felt unwell and was taken to Orange hospital where he was kept under observation until 6.30am when he was discharged.
Police further allege that while Ah-See was being walked to the police truck in handcuffs a violent struggle took place with Ah-See breaking free and running into nearby bushes, before he was caught and walked back to the police vehicle.
According to police Ah-See struggled violently and allegedly bit a constable several times on the left bicep.
Another officer struck out with his police baton.
As the struggle between officers and Ah-See continued a Taser was deployed.
As police continued to move with Ah-See towards the police vehicle he broke free again and allegedly began throwing rocks at the officers. One of the officers then sprayed Ah-See with capsicum spray.
Ah-See ran and jumped into a parked car but was retrieved by police, a security officer and a nurse who assisted the accused back into the emergency department where he was treated to counter the effects of the spray.
Magistrate Michael Allen has ordered that if Timothy Ah-See doesn’t fall under a section 33 of the Mental Health Act he should return to Orange court for the case against him to proceed.
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