A man and woman who assaulted a police officer in Summer Street on February 16 have appealed their custodial sentences and as a result the man could be released from jail in time for Christmas.
According to information presented to both Orange Local Court and Orange District Court, the couple assaulted and resisted a solo police officer who had stopped to speak to the woman, who was intoxicated, to ask her to get off the road so she wouldn't be hit by a car.
However, she became argumentative and a man she was with got involved leading to a violent confrontation that was captured on the officer's body worn camera.
Arron Steadman, 27, of Long Swamp Road, Forest Reefs, was originally given a 12-month jail term with nine-month non-parole period until March 24, 2020, for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest when he was sentenced in the local court on July 25.
However, following his district court appeal he could be released on December 24, 2019, after he was given two five-month non-parole periods with a top of 10 months jail for the assault, and seven months for the resist.
Sidney Madden, 23, was originally given a nine-month Intensive Correction Order, which is a community-based custodial sentence, with 50 hours of community service for resisting and hindering the officer.
She was also given a 12-month ICO with 80 hours of community service for assaulting the police officer.
However, but on appeal she was given two 12-month community correction orders, which are similar to good behaviour bonds.
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