Taser case fight
Thursday, 18th August, 2011
A Wilcannia man charged over an altercation with police is alleging that the use of a taser on him amounted to excessive force.
Phillip Charles Bugmy (33) faced Wilcannia Local Court yesterday on charges of resisting arrest, using an offensive weapon to prevent unlawful detention and intimidating a police officer in the execution of his duty.
The charges relate to an incident on February 19 this year in the town where police went to arrest Bugmy over an assault allegedly committed by him and shot him with a taser gun to subdue him.
Felicity Graham, from the Aboriginal Legal Services, said after the hearing that the defence had argued that the force used by police was excessive in that it “went beyond what was lawful in the circumstances.”
The charge of assault, for which police had sought to arrest Bugmy, had been withdrawn due to a lack of evidence, Ms Graham said.
Taser guns are fitted with video camera and footage of the incident was shown during yesterday’s hearing.
The footage is being sought by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation which has applied to the court to let them show it on television.
That application will be heard in the Broken Hill Local Court tomorrow.
The hearing in Wilcannia is due to resume today.