Man must have disease test after allegedly biting police

A MACKAY man who was living rough on the streets of Brisbane has appeared briefly in court after being charged with assaulting two police officers.

Wilhelmus Maria Ryke, 45, fronted Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday after spending the previous night in the watchhouse following the alleged attack on the two officers.

He is facing five charges including assault police, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, trespass and possessing a knife in a public place.

The court heard Mr Ryke had bunkered down on Thursday night on the grounds of the Christian Science Church in the city's centre before police were called.

When the two officers attempted to arrest Mr Ryke for trespassing, he allegedly resisted and assaulted them.

The court heard a male officer was bitten on the arm and a female officer was hit in the face during the ensuing struggle.

Magistrate John McGrath remanded Mr Ryke in custody after no bail application was made and ordered he undergo a disease test.

The matter was adjourned until August 17.



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