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Six charged for attacking Melbourne cops who were defending a trans woman


A Sixth person has been charged with the Sunday morning beating of two Melbourne police officers. The vicious assault captured on video occurred after the two Constables came to the aid of a transgender woman.

Both officers suffered serious injuries during what Wayne Gatt from the Victorian Police Association told was “one of the most horrific (attacks) on a police officer I have ever seen”.

Kayla Potts, 25, her fiancé Jack Houldcroft, 27, Potts’ brother Trent, 26, and her friend Phillip O’Donnell, 38, were all arrested after the fight in St Kilda, while a 26-year-old St Kilda man was later arrested on Monday afternoon.

The court heard on Tuesday Mr Tobin, a St Kilda singer and actor who also goes by the stage name Romey Tobin, had been the lead singer in the band at the 30th birthday party all had attended.

Police allege he joined in the attack towards the end by spitting on one of the police officers as he lay on the ground before kicking him twice.

They have been charged with an array of offenses including assaulting police, affray, violent disorder, intentionally causing injury and other assault-related offenses.

Trigger Warning Video shows extreme violence

The video shows one police officer having his head repeatedly smashed into the ground.

The court heard the group had attended the party at a licensed venue prior to the incident when they were involved in a verbal altercation with two men.

When a transgender person intervened, Ms Potts’ brother, Trent Potts, allegedly kicked her in the genitals.

Senior Constable Adam McKenzie was allegedly punched by Mr Potts before he was allegedly hit again by Ms Potts.

Mr O’Donnell then allegedly punched Senior Constable Darren Shepherd to the back of the head before “viciously slamming his head into the pavement six times”, the investigating officer said.

He was left with a ruptured left bicep and bruising, while his colleague suffered extensive grazes and soft tissue damage.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton described the attack as “disgusting and barbaric” on Monday.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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