Police drop taxi assault charge against war correspondent
by: Jasmin Lill From: The Courier-Mail April 18, 2012 10:46AM
POLICE have dropped an assault charge against high-profile war correspondent Michael Ware.
Ware, 42, of Ferny Grove, in Brisbane's north, had been accused of the common assault of a Brisbane taxi driver on Gipps St, Fortitude Valley, on November 26 last year.
Ware -- a former reporter with The Courier-Mail -- worked in Afghanistan and Iraq for Time magazine and CNN.
Brisbane Magistrates Court was earlier this year told the case was appropriate for mediation but that there were difficulties in contacting the complainant, who is an Indian national.
In court today, Senior-Sergeant Mark Gorton said police had no evidence to offer and asked for the charge to be withdrawn.
It was struck out and Ware was discharged.
"Justice has been done," Ware said outside court.
The journalist is currently dividing his time between Australia and the US, producing films and writing for Newsweek.
April 21, 2012
April 18, 2012
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