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Logan cop in court after confrontation with Ipswich police

CUP CLASH: Logan detective Martin Heath Hunter (right) fronts an Ipswich court.
CUP CLASH: Logan detective Martin Heath Hunter (right) fronts an Ipswich court.

A STANDARD vehicle intercept after the Ipswich Cup last year ended with a Logan detective being taken to the ground and arrested by Ipswich police.

Around 5.45pm on Saturday, June 15, last year police on Stafford St, Bundamba, intercepted a silver Holden Commodore.

Martin Heath Hunter, 43, has pleaded not guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to two counts of obstructing and assaulting police.

When the vehicle was pulled over, a man in the back seat, Hunter, got out of the car.

The court heard when Hunter exited the car the police officer performing breath-tests told him repeatedly to get back in the car.

The officer claims Hunter brought out his wallet and flashed his police badge.

Ipswich traffic cop Acting Senior Sergeant David Silcock approached Hunter and asked why he showed his badge.

Sgt Silcock told the court he wanted to investigate if it was a legitimate badge and, if so, if Hunter had attempted to use it to get out of a ticket. Hunter has denied this was his intention.

Sgt Silcock and Hunter began speaking and were soon joined by other officers and the then-partner of Hunter.

In a video played to the court, Hunter can be heard denying ever showing his police identification.

The Ipswich officers claim during this conversation Hunter took a step forward and puffed out his chest in an aggressive manner - actions he denies.

Sgt Silcock told the court he put his arm on the front of Hunter's chest to push him back then Hunter pushed away and shoved Sgt Silcock, knocking him back. Sgt Silcock then grabbed Hunter and knocked him to the ground where he was arrested.

Hunter's defence has stated he was struck with force by Sgt Silcock and didn't push him at all.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Kevin Carmont said it was a "very long bow to draw" that Sgt Silcock had pushed Hunter to the ground and arrested him "for no reason".

Magistrate Bevan Manthey adjourned the hearing to consider his verdict.

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