PLUMBER Callan Gerard Murphy has pleaded guilty to biting a police officer on the inside of his right thigh during a drunken outburst outside a Merewether hotel in April.
Murphy, 23, the son of Murphy Plumbing owner Andrew Murphy, was represented by criminal solicitor James Janke when he appeared in Newcastle Local Court on Monday charged with nine offences, including assaulting police causing actual bodily harm, three counts of assaulting police, affray, resisting arrest and using offensive language.
The prosecution withdrew the three counts of assaulting police and the charge of using offensive language and Murphy pleaded guilty to the remaining charges.
He will be sentenced in August and faces the prospect of two years in jail on the most serious charges.
The younger Murphy was with his father on April 29 when they were kicked out of the Princes of Wales Hotel at Merewether for fighting with other patrons.
The police were called and spoke to the Murphys in Morgan Street about 8.30pm.
But when Andrew Murphy was being handcuffed, his son tried to break free from police to get to his dad.
Police used a leg sweep to knock Callan Murphy to the ground where he struggled continuously and then bit a senior constable on the inside of his right thigh.
After his arrest, and while back at the station, police asked Callan Murphy how much money he made while working for his father’s business. He replied: “I earn more in a year than you loser cops will earn in your lifetime”.