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Man, 73, charged after alleged assault caught on camera

UPDATE: A man, 73, was on Wednesday charged with a number of offences after the alleged assault of two Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards at a property west of Toowoomba.

It's alleged the offences occurred while the stewards were inspecting stables at a Southbrook property.

The man was charged with one count of robbery while armed, one count of attempting to enter a premises with intent, two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, one count of serious assault of a person over 60 years of age, one count of serious assault of a public official and one count of wilful damage.

He will go to court next month.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the stewards were acting within their lawful responsibilities when they were subjected to an unprovoked attack.

The digital and print deal.
The digital and print deal.

"It's very fortunate that neither of the officers has suffered any long-term damage as a result of what occurred yesterday but having engine degreaser sprayed directly into their face and eyes was a very concerning incident," Commissioner Barnett said.

"I should stress that this is very unusual within the racing industry and most participants treat stewards with respect.

"We of course will not condone any assault on any of our staff and when anything like this happens we will ensure that the people responsible are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Commissioner Barnett said.

Yesterday's incident was captured by a body-worn camera worn by one of the commission's stewards.

"We took that decision to issue body-worn cameras for the safety of our staff but also it's the best evidence available if we're going to be alleging that participants are involved in a breach of the rules of racing or anything more serious,"

Commissioner Barnett said.

"To have an audio and visual recording of what our stewards heard and saw is incredibly powerful evidence and it's a clear and independent record of what's occurred," he said.

A still image from the body cam footage released by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.
A still image from the body cam footage released by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission. Contributed

EARLIER: Body-worn camera footage has captured the moment two stewards were allegedly assaulted during a stable inspection yesterday. 

An elderly man is wanted for questioning over the matter.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards were allegedly assaulted during a stable inspection at Toowoomba.

The stewards, from the Commission's Integrity Regulation Unit, were conducting an inspection at a Southbrook property when they were approached by an industry participant.

It is alleged the man, who is known to the stewards, sprayed an unknown liquid into the eyes of both of them.

Topics:  queensland racing integrity commission stewards toowoomba


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