A Ballarat woman has been refused bail after allegedly biting a police officer in a violent altercation following a neighbourhood dispute this week.
Kiki Harris, 36, appeared in the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Thursday afternoon where she was remanded in custody until next month over the alleged assault late on Wednesday night.
Police informant Detective Senior Constable Brett Duncan told the court officers were called to a street in Ballarat East about 11.30pm on Wednesday after Harris’ partner and co-accused, Paul Tierney, had allegedly smashed a neighbour’s window and made threats to kill earlier in the day.
The court heard two police officers, a female leading senior constable and a male senior constable, arrived at the neighbour’s home in a divvy-van to inspect the broken window, finding Harris and Tierney standing in their driveway across the street.
Police say the pair refused to speak to them before aggressively resisting arrest, with Harris allegedly striking the male officer with a wooden plank and biting the female officer on her arm, drawing blood.
“(The officer) has been bitten several times on the arm by Harris causing massive pain, the bite from Harris has punctured her skin,” Mr Duncan said.
Police also allege Tierney tried to snatch the male police officer’s gun out of his holster in the struggle.
Tierney and Harris were eventually apprehended after police backup arrived and they were conveyed to the Ballarat police station on Dana Street.
Harris was refused bail, with Magistrate Gregory Robinson ruling she posed an unacceptable risk to her neighbours.
She has no previous criminal convictions and has not been in custody before.
Tierney was also denied bail in a separate hearing.