Spitting with scissors: student in court

By Matt Coughlan

A Sydney law student accused of threatening people with scissors from a first-aid kit and spitting on a referee during a brawl in a university rugby union match has appeared in court.

Thomas Gooley, 23, is alleged to have been waiting on the sideline to play in another match when the fight broke out and he grabbed the scissors.

He was calmed down and let go of the scissors but then allegedly spat on referee Peter Zieth after he was asked to leave.

Gooley is charged with being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and common assault over the fight which broke out during the match at Macquarie Park in May.

Gooley, who according to court documents works as a paralegal, represented himself in Burwood Local Court on Tuesday where the matter was adjourned until July 5 with bail to continue.