A PLUMBER who bit a police officer on the inside of his right thigh during a drunken outburst outside a Merewether hotel in April has narrowly avoided a jail term in Newcastle Local Court.
Callan Gerard Murphy, who was represented by criminal solicitor James Janke on Monday, was sentenced to a nine month suspended jail term, ordered to complete 150 hours of community service, fined $1200 and placed on a good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer causing actual bodily harm, affray, resisting arrest and failing to quit offences.
Mr Janke acknowledged that, generally, serious assaults on police officers should result in a jail term, but said Callan Murphy had made significant strides to address his issues with alcohol and should be afforded leniency.
His father, Murphy Plumbing owner Andrew Murphy, 52, was also charged over the drunken incident and in May was fined and placed on good behaviour bonds.
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”.