Tele/ Manly Daily: Ben Tierney, who sucker punched cop near Manly pub, sentenced to eight months jail

A man who knocked a police officer out cold with a vicious “haymaker” sucker punch outside a northern beaches’ bar has been jailed.

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.

In Manly Local Court on Wednesday he was convicted and sentenced to eight months jail, with a three-month and 14 days non-parole period.

But with time on remand since his arrest, Tierney was set to be released from jail that day.

Magistrate Christopher Longley said: “There was a significant degree of violence meted out to these two police officers.”

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

Tierney also pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to an attack on a man at Manly on June 2 last tear.

He also pleaded guilty to being in possession of a pair of scissors and offensive behaviour after he was arrested for waving the scissors at members of the public at Queenscliff last year.

The court had heard that Tierney made a run for it after knocking the licensing police officer out cold with a ‘haymaker’ punch, and kicking the officer.

After he sucker punched the officer, and shoved another officer in the chest on North Steyne he made his desperate dash for freedom, chased by other police.

He was arrested while trying to open the door of a moving taxi on Sydney Rd.

Tierney 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.

A facts sheet tendered to court showed that Tierney had started talking to two male senior constables who were conducting licensing checks on pubs and bars.

When they were near the Steyne, Tierney started asking the police a series of “random nonsense questions” before the officers walked away toward the front of the Tropikana bar on North Steyne.

As he followed them he shouted “you lied, you lied in the box … you lied giving evidence”.

The officers began talking to a security guard outside the bar as Tierney approached shouting “I don’t care that you’re a f***ing cop” before slapping one of them to the side of the face.

Tierney then “loaded up a kick and, with all his body weight, kicked the left knee of (the victim),” the facts sheet stated.

“The accused has loaded up his left fist in a haymaker-style punch and swung it at the victim, connecting with the left side of the face, causing him to instantly become unconscious and fall to the ground.”

Police said the officer was caught by his colleague before his head hit the ground.

Tierney then took a roundhouse swing at the second officer, who ducked, and then took off running towards The Corso.

Tierney’s Legal Aid solicitor told the court on Wednesday that he has history of mental health issues.

He was also jailed for three months and 14 days for the assault on the man at manly.

The charges related to the scissors were dismissed following a section 32 application on mental health grounds.

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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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Shocked onlookers witnessed mayhem in Manly on a busy Friday night when a man made a run for it after knocking a police officer out cold with a ‘haymaker’ punch, Manly Local Court has heard.

After Ben Stuart Tierney sucker punched the officer outside a popular nightclub on North Steyne he made his desperate 200m dash for freedom, chased by other police.

Tierney, who has pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers, bolted through the crowds along the The Corso, near Hotel Steyne and New Brighton hotels, before turning into Sydney Rd at about 10.30pm on January 22.

The unemployed 45-year-old from Manly was so keen to escape the law that he even tried to pull open the door of a moving taxi on Sydney Rd.

He was eventually overpowered and arrested by a number of officers as the cab drove off without him.

Tierney was in Manly Local Court on Wednesday where he 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.

The Court had previously been told at the time of those offences, Tierney was out on bail on two other separate serious charges — affray and carry cutting weapon (tailor’s scissors) upon apprehension. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

A facts sheet tendered to court showed that Tierney had started talking to two male senior constables who were conducting licensing checks on pubs and bars.

When they were near the Steyne, Tierney started asking the police a series of “random nonsense questions” before the officers walked away toward the front of the Tropikana bar on North Steyne.

As he followed them he shouted “you lied, you lied in the box … you lied giving evidence”.

The officers began talking to a security guard outside the bar as Tierney approached shouting “I don’t care that you’re a f***ing cop” before slapping one of them to the side of the face.

Tierney then “loaded up a kick and, with all his body weight, kicked the left knee of (the victim),” the facts sheet stated.

“The accused has loaded up his left fist in a haymaker-style punch and swung it at the victim, connecting with the left side of the face, causing him to instantly become unconscious and fall to the ground.”

Police said the officer was caught by his colleague before his head hit the ground.

Tierney then took a roundhouse swing at the second officer, who ducked, and then took off running towards The Corso.

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

Tierney’s Legal Aid solicitor told the court that his police record showed that “he has a long history of mental health issues”.

Magistrate Bruce Williams ordered that a psychiatric report be completed before Tierney, who did not apply for bail, is back in Manly Local Court for sentencing on March 24.

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