Five convicted for ugly brawl at rugby league grand final
AN IPSWICH policeman has been left permanently scarred after he was assaulted while intervening in a violent brawl.
The officer was among 50 policemen and women who had been called to the North Ipswich Reserve to help control crowds after a footy grand final turned hostile.
After the game between the North Tigers and Brothers ended, about 100 unruly fans became involved in a heated melee.
Some of the crowd turned on police when officers tried to arrest one of the fans, then 21-year-old Bradley Po Soe, for creating a disturbance.
Police were forced to call for back-up as a small group of people tried to stop officers from arresting Soe.
During the fracas some police were assaulted with one officer left permanently scarred after he was punched in the face and hit his head on the road.
At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, five people were convicted in relation to the incident that took place on September 14 last year.
The man who punched the officer in the face, Danny Sapati Seve, 24, appeared in court to plead guilty to a serious assault of police charge.
He was joined in court by Ann Mile Seve, 26, who faced a similar charge for punching an officer three times, and Bronson Tusi Tepa, 23, who pleaded guilty to an obstructing police charge.
Magistrate Stuart Shearer told the trio their behaviour was "over-the-top and unacceptable".
"Police are entitled to do their job without being interfered with people who just don't like what's going on," Mr Shearer said.
Defence lawyer Tim Meehan said both Danny and Ann Seve had no criminal histories and that their offending had been out of character.
Danny Seve was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in jail and released on parole, Ann Seve was sentenced to 240 hours of community service and Tepa was fined $1000.
Bradley Po Soe, who failed to appear in court, was charged with commit public nuisance and obstructing police offences and fined $2000.
Another person involved in the incident, Tofu William Oloitoa, 23, also didn't appear in court and was fined $1000.
It is understood police have issued fines to others who took part in the brawl.