Accused cop biter is refused bail

A MAN accused of biting a police officer at Ipswich Hospital on Wednesday night had to be dragged from the dock at court on Thursday after he was refused bail.

Matthew David Taylor, 34, a reportable sex offender, is accused of biting and punching two officers after allegedly getting into a fight at the hospital.

As officers tried to arrest Taylor, he allegedly struck out at one of the officers in the face.

The other officer attempted to restrain Taylor, but was allegedly bitten on the arm and his left hand, which drew blood and will result in the officer having a disease test.

Taylor's defence applied for bail and said he would be contesting the charges but police prosecutors opposed bail as Taylor had a history for failing to appear in court and failing to comply with his duties to report as a sex offender.

When Magistrate Hayden Stjernqvist refused bail, Taylor started arguing and became hostile.

He was handcuffed by a police officer and court house security provided extra assistance.

His case will next be mentioned on June 20.

Gympie Times


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