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A Kalgoorlie man has been jailed for 12 months after committing a variety of offences while on a suspended imprisonment order. Michael Wicker, 32, was found guilty of aggravated assault for striking his partner in the face on December 18. He also breached his bail conditions by being in the company of a protected person at the time.

Police witnessed the incident, told Wicker he would be placed under arrest and began to read him his rights.

He tried to run, but police caught him, and Wicker further resisted their efforts to arrest him. During a struggle, Wicker and one of the officers fell and the officer hurt his thumb. Wicker was charged with aggravated common assault and two counts of obstructing public officers.

He was already facing a charge of failing to obey an order given by an officer for ignoring a move-on notice three days earlier. Wicker had previously been given eight months’ jail, suspended for 12 months, for an assault against the same person in June.

Court officer Murray Stubbs said Wicker had been walking home with his partner on December 18 when she fell asleep due to her state of intoxication.

Mr Stubbs said Wicker had only slapped her in the face to wake her up and the incident was not overly serious.

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