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.