Parkes man imprisoned after assaulting police

A Parkes man was arrested after assaulting police.
A Parkes man was arrested after assaulting police.

Matthew Allan Cameron, 38, of May Street, Parkes has been sentenced to eight months in prison for assaulting a police officer.

Cameron faced Parkes Local Court on November 4 pleading guilty.

He also received a two month prison sentence for possessing 30.4 grams cannabis, a six month prison sentence for resisting a police officer in execution of their duty and a one month prison sentence for possessing a knife in public.

These sentences are to be served concurrently, with Cameron set to be released on parole on February 19.

According to police facts tendered to the court, police were asked to check in on the occupant of a vehicle parked on Morilla Street, Cowra around 4.40pm, Friday, September 17.

Police arrived to find the car parked facing against the flow of traffic with Cameron slumped forward at the steering wheel.

Police spoke with Cameron before seeing a knife on the seat between his legs.

They then informed Cameron that they were going to search him and the contents of the car, before he handed them a black bag.

Police state that they found a resealable bag inside which contained cannabis, later determined to weigh 30.4 grams as well as another 25cm long fixed blade knife.

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The facts also revealed police saw Cameron leaving Coles, Parkes at 8.20pm on Wednesday October 20.

Police said they approached Cameron and placed him under arrest for an outstanding warrant before escorting him out of the store.

Cameron pulled away from the police, pushing an officer in the chest and punching the officer in the face before attempting to run away.

Police detained Cameron, handcuffing him before taking him to the police station.

Cameron's solicitor, Ellen McCutcheon said that while the possession of drugs was a larger amount, its level of seriousness should be on the lower end of the scale.

Ms McCutcheon said that Cameron's actions in regards to assaulting and hindering police were caused in part by him being in a significant amount of pain due to an abscess and being on painkillers, while also dealing with underlying substance abuse.

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