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Man accused of smashing off-duty officer in head with beer bottle

A 20-year-old man who allegedly smashed a beer bottle over an off-duty policeman’s head was remanded in custody yesterday.

Akiri Trott, of Smith’s, was charged in Magistrates’ Court with assault, violently resisting arrest and possessing an offensive weapon, namely a beer bottle on May 6.

He was alternatively charged with causing grievous bodily harm to PC Dwayne Edwards.

The offences stemmed from an early morning brawl that started inside the Beach on Front Street, and spilled out onto the street.

PC Edwards was at the bar wearing civilian clothes when the fight broke out.

Crown counsel Nicole Smith said Trott was on probation and had just been released from jail.

He was one of six men who violently attacked a couple at Esso Tiger Mart after a night out drinking in August 2011.

Trott was jailed for four months last October and placed on a year’s probation following his release in February.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner remanded Trott into custody and set a May 20 trial date.

(Photo by Mark Tatem) File picture of Akiri Trott who has been charged with smashing a beer bottle over the head of an off-duty police officer.

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Published May 09, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 08, 2013 at 11:31 pm)

Man accused of smashing off-duty officer in head with beer bottle

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