A Home and Away star accused of bashing a police officer is now confronted with a charge that could lead him to seven years in prison.
Joel McIlroy, 46, is said to have repeatedly struck the 29-year-old senior agent during a violent scuffle in downtown Sydney last month, leaving the officer in the hospital.
A court has heard that the Silver Logie candidate dies from Huntington's degenerative brain disease, which means he has poor impulse control.
He will be behind bars at least until January after he has not applied for bail.
McIlroy appeared on Home and Away for more than ten years and played Kate Ritchie's husband on the screen in the long-running show.
Home and Away actor Joel McIlroy, 46, is said to have hit a female senior agent several times when he intervened in the arrest of another man in Surry Hills in Sydney on October 22. He is depicted with fellow star Kate Richie, who for a long time played his wife on running television series
McIlroy dies from a brain disease and will spend Christmas in prison after being accused of bashing a female cop. He could face up to seven years behind bars if he was convicted of the attack
He was originally accused of two counts of abusive police, one of resisting the police and one of deliberately hindering an officer in the performance of their duties.
Since then, he has been accused of attacking an officer who causes physical injury, a crime with a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
Central Local Court has McIlroy & # 39; malicious & # 39; beating on the shoulder and beating the policewoman when he intervened in an arrest that had nothing to do with him in Surry Hills on October 22.
The officer was only 164 cm tall and weighed around 60 kg, while McIlroy weighed 100 kg and was nearly 20 cm taller.
The injured police officer was taken by ambulance to St. Vincent & # 39; s hospital, where she spent the night for treatment of soft tissue damage, including bruising and swelling on her shoulder, face, and neck.
Sergeant Liam Sergeant Edwards, police prosecutor, told the court that the officer would need continuous physical therapy after she had a loose vertebra.
McIlroy appeared on Home and Away from 1994 to 2006, the year he was nominated for a Silver Logie as the most popular actor on Australian television.
The police officer will need physical therapy after the alleged attack has caused her soft tissue damage and a loose vertebra. McIlroy is depicted with singer and actress Tammin Sursok
McIlroy is pictured arrested by police after the scuffle in Surry Hills. He screamed & # 39; lies & # 39; and & # 39; that is wrong & # 39 ;, as a prosecutor claimed he had tried to block a female prosecutor
His character Flynn Saunders was married to Kate Ritchie's & Sally Fletcher.
On the day of the alleged mistreatment, the police of the North Central Transport Action Group had arrested a man for minor property crimes.
McIlroy, who lives on Rutland Street where the incident took place, reportedly approached two female officers around 11.15 am but was told to leave.
He is said to be full of shoulders and beaten by one of the police officers several times when a struggle ensued.
McIlroy and the female officers fell to the ground. He was arrested with the help of a member of the public and transferred to the Surry Hills police station.
Video of McIlroy's arrest allegedly made him scream during the fight: & # 39; I can't breathe & # 39; and & # 39; take your hand off my face. & # 39;
McIlroy shed tears when he appeared in court via a video link and the bail was refused the next day.
The McIlory police officer is accused of assault and was only 164 cm tall and weighed about 60 kg, while McIlroy weighed 100 kg and was nearly 20 cm taller. McIlroy (third from left) is depicted with (L-R) Isabel Lucas, Holly Brisley, Sharni Vinson, Jodi Gordon and Mark Furze
He screamed & # 39; lies! & # 39; and said & # 39; that is not correct & # 39; when Sergeant Edwards accused him of being the female officer & # 39; for no reason & # 39; tried to get into a blockade & # 39 ;.
A Legal Aid lawyer said that the McIlroy court was diagnosed with Huntington's disease ten years ago, which meant that he was not always able to control his impulses.
The degenerative brain disease had already claimed the life of McIlroy's father.
The court heard that McIlroy, who also appeared on television series Water Rats, All Saints and Heartbreak High, was convicted of an attack in 2013.
Magistrate Robert Williams said McIlroy would probably go to jail if he was convicted of a & # 39; strong & # 39; prosecution case and there was a risk that he would endanger the community if he was released.
McIlroy appeared again in Central Local Court on Tuesday when he did not request a bail and was formally refused.
He will spend at least the next two months behind bars and must return to the Central Local Court on January 7.
Last month, Ritchie, 41, received a provisional arrest for violence against her husband, 39-year-old retired NRL player Stuart Webb.
Huntington's disease is caused by the inheritance of a changed gene.
The death of brain cells in certain parts of the brain leads to a gradual loss of cognitive, physical and emotional functions.
Huntington's disease is a complex and seriously debilitating disease, for which there is no cure.
The most common symptom is jerky movements of the arms and legs, known as & # 39; chorea & # 39 ;.
Chorea usually starts as mild muscle twitches and gradually increases over the years.
A person with Huntington's disease can also have problems with speech, swallowing and concentration.
A person with Huntington's disease can live for 15 to 25 years after developing the first symptoms.
SOURCE: Better health
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