Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{COP 'SLAMMED' 47KG WOMAN INTO GROUND} {Cop 'Slammed' 47kg Woman }; Court Sees Dramatic CCTV Footage of Airlie Police Officer Allegedly Assaulting 22-Year-Old Bartender

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

{COP 'SLAMMED' 47KG WOMAN INTO GROUND} {Cop 'Slammed' 47kg Woman }; Court Sees Dramatic CCTV Footage of Airlie Police Officer Allegedly Assaulting 22-Year-Old Bartender

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Byline: {Sarah Crawford sarah.crawford@dailymercury.com.au } {}

PROSERPINE Magistrate's Court yesterday saw dramatic CCTV footage of a police officer allegedly assaulting a young woman.

The CCTV footage showed Whitsunday police officer Senior Constable Benjamin Thomas Price, 32, body slamming slightly-built Renee Toms onto the ground causing her chin to split open and then picking her up by the hair, lifting her feet off the ground.

At the former police officer's committal hearing at Proserpine yesterday the court was shown clear CCTV footage on a plasma screen of the incident.

Under cross-examination by defence barrister Stephen Zillman Ms Toms said Whitsunday police had a bad public reputation.

"At Airlie Beach no-one likes the police - they look at you like you are not even human they just treat you wrongly," she said.

Ms Toms, 22, said she was "crying and upset," after the assault at the Whitsunday police station on January 18 last year.

The bartender and make-up artist from Sydney was the third and last alleged assault victim to give evidence against Price on the final day of his committal hearing yesterday.

At the conclusion Magistrate Athol Kennedy committed Price to stand trail on six counts of assault occasioning bodily harm on three separate occasions while working as a police officer in the Whitsundays.

Yesterday the court was shown CCTV footage of Price's alleged assault on Toms, a petite woman who weighs 47kg.

The DVD showed a handcuffed Ms Toms standing at the counter of the Whitsunday police station around 4.15am with Price behind her.

Price twisted her arms up her back and above her head, pushing her forward onto the bench at the same time.

The footage then showed Price lowering her arms to the middle of her back before twisting her around and slamming her body onto the ground.

Another officer Constable Bree Sontor then removed Ms Toms' ear rings while Price held her facedown on the ground. …

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