Bluesfest fan appears in court over police assault charge

A FORMER Lennox Head man who allegedly punched a police officer in the eye after being refused entry to Bluesfest admitted to having eight or nine alcoholic drinks before going to the festival.

Jason Connors, 23, of Gladstone in Queensland, appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday after being refused bail over the alleged incident last Friday. He faced charges of assault police, resist arrest, using offensive language in a public place and being an excluded person who remained in the vicinity of a licensed premise.

Police facts tendered before the court stated Connors and two friends were identified as being intoxicated by security staff that saw the trio get off a shuttle bus near the southern festival gate at about 5.20pm.

When police were notified and caught up with Connors, they informed him he was being refused entry and asked for his identification.

"I'm not f****ng giving you my f****ng ID," he allegedly yelled at police.

A senior constable eventually obtained Connors' drivers licence and started recording details in his notebook when it is alleged Connors punched the officer in the left eye.

A struggle between Connors and the senior constable ensued, which caused the pair to fall to the road.

During the struggle it is alleged the senior constable sustained cuts and grazing to his right elbow, a cut to the back of his skull and cuts to his left eye and cheek.

Yesterday, Lismore Local Court heard Connors had eight or nine drinks before attending Bluesfest and he had a history of alcohol-related incidents.

His defence solicitor, Ms Carter, told the court her client worked in the mines at Gladstone and was subjected to daily urine testing.

She said he only came to the area to see family and friends and to go to Bluesfest.

Connors entered guilty pleas to the charges of using offensive language and being an excluded person remaining in the vicinity of a licensed premises.

Despite being on a good behaviour bond when he committed these alleged offences, Magistrate David Heilpern granted Connors bail.

He adjourned Connors matters until a date next month.

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