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Judge hands soft sentence to policeman’s violent attacker

A man who violently attacked a police officer in the Hunter region has been given a slap on the wrist.

In the early hours of May 11 2016, a police officer attempted to stop a cyclist riding without lights on the wrong side of the road.

The cyclist, Jerome Thomas Dargue, punched the officer in the jaw with so much force he has since lost feeling in part of his face.

Justice Roy Ellis has issued Dargue a slap on the wrist, handing him a two-year suspended sentence.

Ray points out this isn’t the first time Justice Ellis’ soft sentences have been in the spotlight.

In 2010, he was named “the judge whose sentences were most often increased on appeal.”

In 2012, Judge Ellis overturned the sentence of a 22-year-old man who kicked in the head of an unconscious stranger outside a pie shop at Gosford.

Just four years later, he handed a Singleton teacher, who indecently assaulted one of his students in 1989, an 18-month suspended sentence.

Ray has slammed the judge and his history of weak sentencing.

“The sooner Judge Ellis retires from the bench, the better off the judiciary NSW will be.”

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