Friday, 2 October 2009

A curious case of assault

It seems rather strange to me that that the man taken away by police after assaulting the Premier of South Australia was freed on bail without even being taken before a court. Apparently the alleged assailant, a 55-year-old man from Burnside, has been charged with aggravated assault and will not appear in court until December 7. That is surely very lenient treatment for what an eye witness at the dinner where it occurred described as a “very, very nasty incident” where “real intent was being shown” as Premier Rann was hit around the head.
Apparently just before the alleged assault at the ALP fund raising dinner, the man charged spoke with Mr Rann. The Adelaide news media have not so far reported what was said but the version given to Crikey points to the complaint being of a private nature rather than a matter of government business. That perhaps explains the softly, softly approach that is so clearly being taken by the legal system.
As for himself, Premier Rann, a devoted Twitterer, reports “I’m fine”.

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