Tele/ Manly Daily: Manly man in court for decking cop hit with more violence charges

A man already in court for knocking a police officer out cold with a vicious sucker punch outside a northern beaches bar has been hit with three more violence-related charges, a court has heard.

Ben Stuart Tierney, 45, of Manly, pleaded guilty last month to kicking and then striking the senior constable near the popular Tropikana nightclub at Manly late on January 22.

The injured officer was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where he was treated for the concussion and a knee injury.

Tierney, who is in custody, also shoved another officer before bolting along South Steyne, into The Corso and then along Sydney Rd before he was arrested while trying to open the door of a moving taxi.

He has pleaded guilty to one count of assault police officer in execution of duty causing actual bodily harm and one count of assaulting a police officer.

Manly Local Court had previously heard that Tierney was, at the time of those offences, on bail for three other separate serious charges — affray, custody of a knife and carry cutting weapon (tailor’s scissors) upon apprehension. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Tierney was due to be sentenced on the January police assault charges in Manly court on Wednesday, but Magistrate Bruce Williams was told that he now faces three fresh charges over an alleged attack on a man at Manly.

He was charged with one count each of assault occasioning actual bodily harm; affray and common assault for the alleged incident at 10pm on June 2 last year. Tierney is yet to enter a plea on those charges.

Tierney’s Legal Aid solicitor Fiona Hadlington asked that all matters be adjourned so that new pre-sentence and psychiatric reports could be prepared.

“This man has serious mental health issues,” Ms Hadlington said.

Mr Bruce Williams ordered that the reports be completed before Tierney, who did not apply for bail, is back in Manly Local Court for sentencing on May 5.

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