Man held in custody on further charges

BEN JONESBroome Advertiser

A Broome man who appeared in court after allegedly smashing a glass bottle in the face of a police officer last month has appeared in Broome Magistrate’s Court on three additional charges stemming from the same night.

Edward Robert Ishiguchi, 19, appeared in court charged with obstructing public officers, assaulting a public officer and disorderly behaviour in a police station.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Matt Fearnley said the charges related to Mr Ishiguchi’s alleged actions after being arrested by police when he allegedly assaulted the officer.

Mr Ishiguchi was not required to enter a plea and was remanded in custody to reappear on May 16.

Police allege Mr Ishiguchi was one of a group of up to 300 people who had been fighting and drinking in Broome’s Anne Street area, known locally as the Bronx.

The court heard Mr Ishiguchi had allegedly been seen throwing bottles and spitting on a police car late on the night of April 23 before running off into the crowd of people when police lost sight of him.

He was then spotted by police early the following morning when Const. Carl Webb approached him.

Mr Ishiguchi then turned and allegedly smashed a glass bottle across the officer’s face causing serious lacerations and narrowly missing his eye.

Const. Webb was flown to Perth for surgery.

He had 18 stitches and the wound was likely to cause permanent scarring.

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