The singer for a wedding band allegedly spat and kicked a policeman as he lay on the ground during a violent assault caught on camera.
Jules Jerome Tobin, 26, of St Kilda was arrested by police and fronted the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court with two alleged co-offenders on Tuesday.
Tobin was fronting the band at a birthday party attended by Phillip O’Donnell, Kayla Potts, her partner Jack Houldcroft and her brother Trent Potts shortly before the alleged assaults occurred at about 3am on Sunday.
Jules Jerome Tobin, 26, of St Kilda, is lead singer in a band and had been playing at a party attended by his alleged co-offenders on the night
Senior Constable Adam McKenzie and Darren Shepherd are pictured in footage taken on the night they were allegedly attacked in St Kilda
Phillip O’Donnell leaves Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday after being granted bail
O’Donnell and the other alleged offenders have been charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, affray, violent disorder, and other assault charges
Footage allegedly showing O’Donnell slamming an officer’s head into the footpath in St Kilda went viral on Monday.
The court heard Tobin got involved in the brawl after he saw Kayla Potts get smashed in the head by an officer wielding a torch.
Detective Senior Constable Samantha Russell said Tobin spat on the fallen Sen-Constable Adam McKenzie and kicked him twice.
The officer is suspected of having his cheekbone fractured in the fracas.
Tobin had not even known the group of friends until after he inexplicably involved himself in the situation.
Police had opposed his bail on the grounds he was at risk of reoffending.
‘I’ve seen footage of him spit and kick a policeman twice, that’s why,’ Ms Russell said.
The court heard police were called after his co-accused Trent Potts allegedly kicked a transgender woman in the testicles outside a pub.
Trent Potts (left) sobbed throughout his bail hearing today at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.
Phil O’Donnell allegedly joined the brawl late and is supposedly the man seen on video slamming an officer’s head into the footpath
If he is convicted, he faces at least six months behind bars – the mandatory sentence for assaulting an emergency worker
O’Donnell is the man allegedly captured on video slamming Sen-Constable Darren Shepherd’s head into the ground six times
Trent Potts – a concreter – held his head in his hands and sobbed throughout the hearing, which was packed with the group’s family and friends.
His sister Kayla had been granted bail a day earlier.
O’Donnell, who is the man allegedly captured on video slamming Sen-Constable Darren Shepherd’s head into the ground six times, is no stranger to a courtroom.
The court heard he escaped conviction 13 years ago over a minor assault.
The carpenter, and father of an 18 year old, was not involved in the alleged attack on the transgender woman, his lawyer Emma Turnbull said.
Kayla Potts’ brother Trent is not allowed to make contact with her while free on bail. She was released on bail yesterday under strict conditions
Footage of the incident went viral after a man caught it on his mobile phone from a moving vehicle.
Jack Houldcroft – the partner of Kayla Potts – is the only accused who remains behind bars after he failed to make an application for bail
Each of the men faces a variety of assault charges.
In granting each of the men bail, magistrate Andrew McKenna said although the event was ‘appalling’ the men were entitled to bail.
Several of the accused could face a mandatory prison sentence of six months in jail if found guilty of injuring the policemen.
“It’s possible they’ll serve more time (on remand),’ Mr McKenna said.
‘It’s just not justified to keep them in custody.’
Only Kayla Potts’ partner Jack Houldcroft now remains behind bars.
Although it is expected he will make a bail application in the coming days.
Two women still remain at large.