A UNION spokesman has expressed his disappointment over the sentence handed to a 21-year-old man convicted of biting a Bathurst police officer.
Orange man Jordan Khattar was given an 18-month community corrections order when he was sentenced in Orange Local Court on Wednesday.
But the attack at Bathurst's Oxford Hotel in the early hours of Sunday, March 10 has left Senior Constable Alex Christian facing several anxious months waiting for the all-clear for a number of infectious diseases.
NSW Police Association spokesman Adam Piffarelli said Wednesday's outcome had been a disappointing result.
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"[Police] are in a bit of a contact sport so when we have someone go before the courts for biting an officer there's an expectation and when that outcome doesn't happen there is some disappointment," Mr Piffarelli said.
"But we have to dust ourselves off and just keep getting on with what we do."
Mr Piffarelli said assaults on police officers were becoming far too common.
In the 12 months to March 2019, there were 18 reported assaults on police officers in the Bathurst Regional Council area and 33 in Orange.
"Recently we had an Orange officer bitten during an arrest and the bite was that ferocious it resulted in some bones being broken in his hand, putting him off work for four to six weeks," he said.
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Mr Piffarelli said the union would support an appeal in Khattar's matter.
"If it could be looked at we could possibly get a more solid result for Alex and the community that would be fantastic but at the end of the day we will be guided by the professionals in that matter," Mr Piffarelli said.
The court heard the assault on Snr Const Christian came after police had asked Khattar to leave the Oxford Hotel due to his intoxicated behaviour.
He left the hotel but when police issued a move-on order, he swore at the two officers, calling them dogs and telling them he would "f*** your mothers".
Police said at times, Khattar recorded the argument, and at others appeared to ignore police by speaking loudly into his phone.
Eventually he walked off, but soon returned to the Oxford - police asked him to show identification but he refused, despite warnings he would be arrested.
As one officer tried to handcuff him, Khattar pulled his arm away and a struggle began between the three of them - Khattar bit one of the officers on the bicep, latching on for some time, and kneed him in the stomach and groin and police also delivered a number of blows.
With the help of the hotel manager, police were able to restrain Khattar, who continued to swear and threatened to "rape your f***ing kids".
In court, solicitor Paul Johnson said Khattar had the full support of his family, had been seeking mental health support since 2016 and was not a regular drinker.
"It was a one-off binge drinking session," he said.
"He behaved like an idiot, they're his words, not mine."
Police prosecutor Sergeant Beau Riley said the threshold for jail had been met.
"This is an act on an officer doing his job," he said.
"The hard message needs to be said, if you assault police, you go to jail."
The hard message needs to be said, if you assault police, you go to jail.Police prosecutor Sergeant Beau Riley
Magistrate Elizabeth Ellis told Khattar if he behaved that way, he should not drink.
"To have bitten someone beggars belief as to why you thought it was a good idea," she said.
She forbade him from consuming alcohol or drugs for the term of the order.
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