Richmond Shire Mayor John Wharton to face court for allegedly assulting two female security guards


Queensland mayor, 68, to face court for allegedly assaulting two female security guards while drunk at a horse racing event

  •  Richmond Shire Mayor John Wharton is due to face court on assault charges
  • He allegedly assaulted two female security guards while drunk at an event
  • The 68-year-old has indicated he’s planning to fight the charges in court










A north Queensland mayor is due to face court after being charged over a drunken assault on two female security guards on his outback town’s horse racing weekend.

Richmond Shire Mayor John Wharton allegedly assaulted the women in a venue on Racecourse Rd, Richmond, about 9.15pm on August 28.

The incident occurred on the night of the annual Richmond Bush Sprints, the town’s annual horse racing event.

Richmond Shire Mayor John Wharton allegedly assaulted the women in a venue on Racecourse Rd, Richmond, about 9.15pm on August 28

Richmond Shire Mayor John Wharton allegedly assaulted the women in a venue on Racecourse Rd, Richmond, about 9.15pm on August 28

Police said Mr Wharton was charged with two counts of common assault and creating a disturbance in a licensed premises.

The 68-year-old won’t be standing aside during the proceedings and has indicated he’s planning to fight the charges in court.

He’s due to appear in Richmond Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The incident occurred on the night of the annual Richmond Bush Sprints, the town's annual horse racing event

The incident occurred on the night of the annual Richmond Bush Sprints, the town’s annual horse racing event

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