LEIGH VAN DEN BROEKE
The Daily Telegraph
November 28 2015
WITH a broad smile and casual wave, this serial police assaulter avoided jail for a third time when he faced Parramatta Local Court.
Abdulrahman Mohamed Atteya was given an Intensive Correction Order and good behaviour bond after being found guilty of attacking his fiancee and punching a police officer at his Granville home in October 2014.
The 22-year-old gave Constable Joel Swales a black eye as the officer tried to handcuff him in a clash with his family and police.
According to court documents, officers were investigating a domestic violence report in which Atteya attacked his former fiancee.
He slammed her against a brick wall and repeatedly hit her before grabbing her throat and squeezing while saying “I’m going to kill you” until a passer-by intervened, court documents said.
At the time of his arrest, Atteya was on a two-year suspended sentence for attacking police and resisting arrest in September 2013.
He was also facing two charges of assaulting police on December 20, 2013 and was put on a further 18-month suspended sentence.
Atteya had been found guilty of common assault, resisting an officer in the execution of duty and assaulting a police officer in execution of duty.
“The whole incident once the police arrived … was absolutely deplorable.”
His defence lawyer argued that Atteya had not offended since the 2014 incident.
“I would urge your honour to give him his last reprieve,” the lawyer said.
“All the progress he has made would be lost (if he were to go to jail).”
Magistrate Shane McAnulty said the attack was “particularly violent”.
“The whole incident once the police arrived … was absolutely deplorable,” he said.
Mr McAnulty sentenced Atteya to a two-year good behaviour bond and an Intensive Correction Order for 20 months in which he will perform 32 hours of community service a week. He will also have to submit to alcohol and drug tests.
A police spokeswoman said they were “looking at that ruling”.
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant said he was disappointed anyone would show such disrespect to police officers.
“The NSW Government is looking at ways to increase social cohesion but we also need to bring back a strong onus on individual responsibility,” Mr Grant said.