‘Cop biter’ case may move to Mental Health Court

CHARGES against a Mt Lofty man accused of biting and spitting on police during an altercation on Ruthven St, Kearneys Spring, and later at Toowoomba Hospital have been adjourned by the city's Magistrates Court.

David John Grant, 42, was not in court when his matters were mentioned yesterday but solicitor Josie Duke (Hede Byrne & Hall Lawyers) acting as town agent for the defendant's legal representatives from Brisbane-based firm Robertson O'Gorman asked for a three-month adjournment.

Ms Duke told the court she had been instructed that her principals were obtaining a psychological report with the intention of seeking the case to be referred to the Mental Health Court.

The defendant man remains on bail and has not yet been required to enter any pleas to a number of charges including 15 counts of serious assault of police or a person acting in aid of a police officer, common assault, wilful damage of police property and obstructing police.

His appearance before court was excused yesterday.

Ms Duke also sought a court order on behalf of her principals to inspect and copy their client's medical records from Toowoomba Hospital.

Magistrate Graham Lee acceded to the request and issued an order that Robertson O'Gorman representatives be permitted to inspect and copy the relevant hospital records.

Mr Lee remanded the defendant on bail and adjourned the case for mention back in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on August 18.


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