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‘Shame on you’: Judge blasts duo over choking attack on police officer

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A police officer has been so emotionally affected by an assault more than a year ago that she has only just returned to work in a limited capacity a week ago, a Brisbane court has heard.

A police officer has been so emotionally affected by an assault more than a year ago that she has only just returned to work in a limited capacity a week ago, a Brisbane court has heard.

Hylton Miharo King, 24 and his older sister Ariana Thirteen King, 30, both pleaded guilty to serious assault over their roles in the attack.

Mr King was the primary offender in the assault which occurred on May 26, 2019 at Mitchelton's The Brook Hotel.

Brisbane's District Court heard an intoxicated Mr King had earlier been "cut off" from the bar when he was involved in a disturbance outside the hotel.

Mr King choked the responding female officer several times to the point she could not breathe properly and she "felt herself losing consciousness".

He also bit the officer in the attack.

The court heard Ariana King was "in the thick of it" and used the officer's own handcuffs to secure the officer's wrist, rendering her unable to defend herself.

Judge Nathan Jarro said to the siblings: "shame on you both ...your conduct was disgraceful".

Mr King was sentenced to 11 months jail, wholly suspended, but the labour hire worker has been in immigration detention and will likely be deported to New Zealand.

Ms King walked from court on a nine month wholly suspended sentence.

The court heard the officer has been traumatised by her experience, which saw her undergo disease testing and meant she had to stop breastfeeding her baby. 

She has also needed psychiatric treatment and experiences panic attacks.

The prosecutor told the court Mr King said in his police interview that he believed the officer was "milking it" and has little empathy for his victim.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/judge-reprimands-brother-and-sister-over-attack-on-police-officer-outside-mitchelton-pub/3deeb4eb-7a29-4f6b-9b94-66f247592d7e

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