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03-17-09, 11:57 PM #1
Policeman crippled for life while his attackers walk free!
Here is the footage of the assault. What is this world coming too?
Video - news.com.au
McLeods not guilty of assaulting Matthew Butcher.
March 13, 2009 06:09am
A FATHER and his two sons have been found not guilty of assaulting policeman Matthew Butcher, left partly paralysed after he was head-butted in a brawl.
A District Court jury yesterday found Robert McLeod, 56, and his two sons Barry McLeod, 29, and Scott James McLeod, 35, not guilty of eight charges laid after the fight at Joondalup’s Old Bailey Tavern in February last year.
The verdict has sparked concerns from the police union that officers are no longer protected when carrying out their duties.
Barry McLeod faced the most serious count, of doing an act with intent to cause harm, admitting to a ``flying head butt’’ in which he struck Constable Butcher, 33, to the head from behind after the policeman shot his father with a Taser gun.
Robert McLeod later collapsed from a heart attack – his third in three years.
Defence lawyers argued he and the other two members of his family acted in self defence when confronted by police, who they said acted with excessive force as they attempted to arrest them.
Ushered from court in his wheelchair, supported by uniformed police, Constable Butcher told reporters: ``I’m disgusted.’’
His weeping wife Katrina said she was ``utterly disgusted’’ by the verdict.
Neither Barry McLeod nor Scott McLeod – who smiled and laughed with supporters as he walked free – commented to waiting media.
Their father was not in court as he has been recovering in hospital after suffering blood clots on the brain over the weekend.
Despite acquitting the men of assaulting police, the jury of eight men and four women convicted Barry McLeod of a lesser charge of threatening to kill a member of the public who videotaped the brawl on his mobile phone.
During the six week trial, the court was told the fight began between the McLeods and a group of painters, spilled onto the street and then escalated when police arrived.
By their verdict, which was returned after a day and half of deliberations, the jury found prosecutors had failed to prove that Barry McLeod did not act in self defence, or did not come to the defence of his father when he assaulted Constable Butcher.
Outside court, Constable Butcher, who testified that he receives almost daily treatment for his injuries, which include paralysis to the left side of his body, refused to comment further.
But his sister Vikki said: ``They were there doing their job.’’
``From all reports that I’ve heard, he was one of those cops who was a good cop,’’ she told reporters.
`` This shouldn’t happen to anyone but it really did happen to the wrong person, it really did.
``He is a man full of determination. It strikes me every day with his strength.
``This will make him stronger and he will rise above this I know he will and he will be doing this with his family and friends.’’
Police Union vice president Chris Cassidy said the decision was a blow to all working police, who faced a ``dangerous job’’.
``It is an incident that police attend every day of the week but for some reason this was taken to a six week trial with numerable police witnesses and civilian witnesses but unfortunately we have seen this result,’’ Mr Cassidy said.
``Clearly potential officers will look at this and wonder where the protection comes.
``Why would you join the police if this is the likely outcome?’’
03-18-09, 12:07 AM #2
Not sure what the rules are down under, but there's a way to fix that sort of outcome.I'm your huckleberry...
You can be the weapon, and the gun in your hand is a tool - or the gun is a weapon and you are the tool.
I was looking for a saint who was a devil of a lover,
but every girl I found was either one way or the other...
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