Tele/ Northern Star: Police are asking for more time in case of accused robber who allegedly assaulted police during his arrest

The Richmond Police District Rescue Squad had to be called in to assist in the arrest of a man who had jumped into the Wilsons River to avoid police. He’s now facing a string of charges including assaulting police.

The NSW Police are asking for a man who jumped into the Wilsons River to avoid arrest over an alleged robbery and police assault to have his charges elevated to the District Court.

Leslie Exton, 33, appeared via video link in Lismore Local Court on Wednesday, charged with robbery, dishonestly obtaining property by deception, assault an officer, resisting arrest, escaping police custody.

He is also charged with a separate domestic violence offence of reckless wounding.

Police will allege during a discussion with Mr Exton in Lismore CBD near the Transit Centre on Molesworth St on April 21 he ran away and jumped into the Wilsons River.

He then allegedly refused to get out of the river when police asked, forcing the Rescue Squad to be called in to assist.

The NSW Police prosecutor told the court he’d received word from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions that the director would not proceeding to take over the matter.

He told the court the police assaults were a serious offence.

“I’ve written to director to review the decision,” the prosecutor said.

The matter was adjourned to June 21 for further mention.

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