A bizarre scene on the Tiwi Islands saw police stop a man assaulting a woman only to have the woman turn violent and allegedly assault police officers with a stick.
NT Police issued a statement about the incident and said the woman was charged – but failed to mention if the man who assaulted her was charged.
The incident occurred on Friday at around 8:00pm, when police officers happened upon the man assaulting a woman while on their way back to the station.
The man was reportedly arrested at the scene by the police, however police failed to disclose what charges the man is facing, if any, for assaulting the woman.
While the man was being arrested, the woman allegedly armed herself with a stick and struck the officer and attempted to run away.
The 48-year-old woman was later arrested and charged with multiple assault-related charges, including assaulting an officer and assaulting a person who suffered harm, according to a police statement.
Superintendent Brendan Muldoon said the police officer who was attacked spent hours in the clinic for observation.
“It is disappointing in an effort to assist; the officer has instead been assaulted in a violent way,” Superintendent Muldoon said. “Thankfully the member was not seriously harmed.”
Assaults on police or emergency workers carry maximum penalties of imprisonment of 16 years, according to section 189A of the Criminal Code Act 1983.