Australian Shire star charged over gay attack

Daniel Folkes will appear in court in December after alleged homophobic attack 

Australian Shire star charged over gay attack
24 August 2012

A star of the Australian reality TV show The Shire has been charged following an alleged homophobic attack in Sydney.

Two other cast members were also involved in the incident in the Surrey Hills area on Thursday night (23rd August).

Daniel ‘Folksey’ Folkes, 24, was arrested shortly before midnight after allegedly urinating on a man while two other cast members, aged 27 and 28, hurled anti-gay abuse.

The three men were out celebrating a birthday when they began attacking a man who was sitting alone on steps near the corner of Riley Street and Goulbourn Street, police say.

‘The trio fled but were located a short time later by police on the corner of Oxford Street and Riley Street,’ a police spokeswoman said.

‘The three men were then issued a move-on notice. However two of them allegedly continued to argue with police and didn’t comply.’

Folkes allegedly resisted arrest while bragging to police that he was a star on the TV show.

He was then taken to City Central Police Station and charged with offensive language, offensive behaviour and resist arrest.

He will appear before the Downing Centre Local Court on 17 September.

The 28-year-old cast member, ‘Jye’, was arrested and taken to Surry Hills Police Station where he was fined for verbally abusing the man, police said.

Representatives from Channel 10 and The Shire did not want to comment about the alleged incident.



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