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African footballer accused of bashing policeman with a rock could avoid jail

An African football player who is accused of bashing a policeman’s head with a rock after a 12-hour drinking session is set to avoid a six-month jail sentence.

Ryal Yak, 21, was driving with friends when he was pulled over by Detective Senior Constables Daniel Blake and Sophie Templeton in Truganina, west Melbourne in the early morning of May 11.

The men got out of the car and four of them fled the scene before being chased by the officers.

One of the passengers was arrested in the middle of the road before two of the men returned, including Mr Yak. 

The officers ordered Mr Yak to get on the ground but he allegedly failed to comply, telling Detective Senior Constable Blake: ‘What the f**k are you going to do? You’ve got nothing’.

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Ryal Yak (pictured), 21, was driving with friends when he was pulled over by Detective Senior Constables Daniel Blake and Sophie Templeton in Truganina, west Melbourne

Ryal Yak (pictured), 21, was driving with friends when he was pulled over by Detective Senior Constables Daniel Blake and Sophie Templeton in Truganina, west Melbourne

Ryal Yak (pictured), 21, was driving with friends when he was pulled over by Detective Senior Constables Daniel Blake and Sophie Templeton in Truganina, west Melbourne

Mr Yak  allegedly smashed Detective Senior Constable Blake's (left) head with a rock (right)

Mr Yak  allegedly smashed Detective Senior Constable Blake's (left) head with a rock (right)

Mr Yak  allegedly smashed Detective Senior Constable Blake’s (left) head with a rock (right)

Mr Yak then allegedly smashed Detective Senior Constable Blake’s head with a rock.

‘My whole skull hurt instantly,’ Detective Senior Constable Blake told the court, Nine News reported.

‘I gave straight away. I didn’t know if I’d be concussed or if there was blood. I really had to take a few seconds to understand what had occurred.’

Mr Yak has been charged with unlawful assault and intentionally causing serious injury to an emergency worker on duty.

The officers ordered Mr Yak to get on the ground but he allegedly failed to comply, telling Detective Senior Constable Blake: 'What the f**k are you going to do? You've got nothing' (Pictured: CCTV footage from the alleged incident)

The officers ordered Mr Yak to get on the ground but he allegedly failed to comply, telling Detective Senior Constable Blake: 'What the f**k are you going to do? You've got nothing' (Pictured: CCTV footage from the alleged incident)

The officers ordered Mr Yak to get on the ground but he allegedly failed to comply, telling Detective Senior Constable Blake: ‘What the f**k are you going to do? You’ve got nothing’ (Pictured: CCTV footage from the alleged incident)

Mr Yak has been charged with unlawful assault and intentionally causing serious injury to an emergency worker on duty

Mr Yak has been charged with unlawful assault and intentionally causing serious injury to an emergency worker on duty

Mr Yak has been charged with unlawful assault and intentionally causing serious injury to an emergency worker on duty

The offence usually carries a six-month jail term, which prosecutors are demanding – but the magistrate indicated on Tuesday that he might not impose such a sentence as there is no evidence of serious injury to Detective Senior Constable Blake.

The police officer suffered cuts and bruising after the alleged attack, and was forced to take time off work.

Mr Yak was taken to hospital due to being intoxicated when he was arrested and told police he did not remember the alleged assault. 

Mr Yak was taken to hospital due to being intoxicated when he was arrested and told investigators he did not remember the alleged assault

Mr Yak was taken to hospital due to being intoxicated when he was arrested and told investigators he did not remember the alleged assault

Mr Yak was taken to hospital due to being intoxicated when he was arrested and told investigators he did not remember the alleged assault

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