Magistrate issues warrant after no-show

A RAVENSWOOD man accused of biting a police officer has had a warrant issued for his arrest after the failed to turn up for his hearing.

Asador Mekonen Hinsta was due to contest numerous allegations in the Launceston Magistrates Court today.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to charges including assault police, resist police, possession of a firearm while unlicensed, unlawful possession of property and unlawful possession of a dangerous article in a public place.

Witnesses, including several police officers, had attended court to give evidence.

Magistrate Simon Brown issued a warrant for Mr Hinsta's arrest.