A former West Wallsend rugby league player, who a court heard is currently on parole, has found himself behind bars again after an alleged police assault.
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A Minmi man on parole has found himself behind bars on remand after being accused of assaulting police.
Police allege former West Wallsend rugby league player Tyson Leota was involved in an incident at Edgeworth at about 9.30am on Tuesday morning, which saw a local police officer injured.
The 22-year-old was charged with assaulting police and occasioning actual bodily harm, resisting police and possession of 0.62 grams of methylamphetamine.
Sporting a long plait, Leota appeared in the dock at Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday.
Legal aid solicitor Isabel Reed initially told the court there would be an application for bail, but that was quickly withdrawn on learning her client was currently on parole.
“He’s on parole, currently serving a two-year sentence for similar offences,” police prosecutor sergeant Ashley Cooper said.
The court heard the assault charge was a serious indictable offence which carried seven years maximum jail, with a non-parole of three years, if proven.
No pleas were entered and bail formerly refused.
The matters will move to Toronto Local Court on April 20.
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