Officers accused of assaulting woman at Emu Plains

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Two police officers attached to Nepean Police Area Command have faced court over the alleged assault of a woman in Emu Plains.

Nathan Black, 26, of Penrith, was charged with ‘assault occasioning actual bodily harm while in company’, ‘possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit’, ‘intentionally etc publish or communicate protected information’, ‘intentionally record intimate image without consent etc’ and ‘intentionally distribute intimate image without consent etc’.

Timothy Trautsch, 28, of Narellan, was also charged with ‘assault occasioning actual bodily harm while in company’.

Their matters were briefly mentioned at Penrith Local Court on Monday, May 1.

It is alleged that police and other emergency services responded to a concern for a welfare report just before 5.30pm on January 22.

According to a NSW Police media release, a 49-year-old woman received injuries during that interaction with the officers.

Court documents also alleged that Black recorded the woman without consent and shared the official police body worn footage.

The pair were charged on March 16, following an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged actions of the constable and senior constable.

Since then, Black and Trautsch have been suspended without pay.

On Monday, the court heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had taken over the case from the police prosecutors.

Both men were represented by Paul James from Operational Legal Australia.

Magistrate Fiona Toose agreed to a six week adjournment, standing the matter over for brief compliance.

Black and Trautsch were also excused from attending court on the next occasion.

The matter will return to Penrith Local Court on Friday, June 30.

Makayla Muscat

Formerly with the ABC, Makayla is a graduate of Western Sydney University. She covers a variety of news topics for the Weekender, including courts.

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