Wakefield high student who was ‘assaulted’ by police says police were right to attack him


Wakefield High School student Luke Parnell, 17, was “assaulted” by police during a “bizarre” incident on March 3, a day before he was due to appear in court to face charges of assaulting a police officer.

“I think it was just the right thing to do,” Mr Parnel told News Corp. He said he did not know the police officer who assaulted him was a detective from the Wakefield District Court.

Mr Parnels mother said she was not sure how long the case would take to resolve.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Wakefields District Court said it had not received a report of a complaint.

On Monday night, Mr Pakenell was charged with assaulting a constable during a traffic stop on March 1, after a vehicle he was driving collided with a police vehicle.

The driver of the police vehicle, who is not a detective, was also charged with obstruction of a police investigation.

Police were called to a property in South Australia’s Coogee after a car collided with an ambulance near Wakefield, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) north-east of Perth.

Two officers, including a civilian, were injured and a female paramedic was treated for minor injuries in hospital.

Ms Parnells defence team, who has asked the High Court to grant her bail, said she believed her client was the victim of a “political attack”.

“It is just shocking to me that this happened and that it was brought to this level,” she said.

A spokesperson for NSW Police said it was “aware of a report from a member of the public that an allegation of assault had been made against a police member”.

Ms Rynne said there were no plans to pursue any further charges against Ms Parnelle, who was released on bail.

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