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Olympic boxer waits to learn the cost of a night on the town

OLYMPIC boxer Damien Duncan Hooper will have to wait another month before he learns whether a night out in Dalby will result in him being sent to jail.

Hooper, who represented Australia at the London Olympics, was arrested during the early hours of January 6 last year outside the Oasis Nightclub in Dalby.

He was charged with wilful exposure, obstructing police, and serious assault of a police officer.

It is alleged Hooper, 20, exposed himself to officers, became violent when they tried to arrest and then spat at the officers.

Hooper was due to be sentenced yesterday in the Brisbane District Court, but his barrister asked for an extension in order to obtain hospital records.

Barrister Scott Lynch told the court on the night of his arrest Hooper had just been discharged from hospital after a short illness.

He said at the time of his arrest Hooper still had "several tubes" protruding from his arm as a result of been given antibiotics in hospital.

"We now have an authority from Hooper to get records from the hospital and see what affect, if any, it may have had," he said.

"We just want to determine whether the antibiotics given to him could have resulted in some adverse side affect."

Chief Judge Patricia Wolfe granted the extension so the hospital records could be obtained.

Hooper was not required to enter a plea and will front court again for sentencing on March 27.

Earlier this year, Hooper once again found himself on the wrong side of the law after he allegedly assaulted a taxi driver in South Toowoomba.

Police allege Hooper struck the taxi driver in the side of the head with an open hand and also struck out with his feet after he was asked to leave the vehicle.

He was subsequently charged with serious assault of a person aged 60 years or over.

Hooper said previously he intends to defend those charges.

He is due to face Toowoomba Magistrates Court in relation to those charges on March 17.

The controversial Toowoomba boxer made international headlines at the London Olympics when he strode to the ring wearing a t-shirt with the Aboriginal flag on it.

His action contravened the International Olympic Committee's charter which prevents political statements at the games.

He was forced to apologise to team officials, but later said he did not regret his actions which also breached an athletes' agreement.


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