Spratt in solitary confinement
Kevin Spratt. Picture: Megan Powell/The West Australian

Kevin Spratt spent a short time in solitary confinement in a Perth prison after he was discharged from Graylands Hospital because of pressure on hospital beds, a Perth court has been told.

Mr Spratt appeared in Perth Magistrate's Court this morning where lawyer Mal Cooke - who is representing the 44-year-old in a compensation bid over the police tasering incident - said his client was discharged from the Frankland Centre at Graylands Hospital on Tuesday "largely because of pressure on beds" and had since been transferred to Hakea Prison.

Mr Cooke said the doctor had recommended Mr Spratt be kept in the crisis care unit, although this had not yet occurred and it is understood Mr Spratt was in solitary confinement.

Mr Spratt had been remanded to the Frankland Centre for a psychological assessment after he was arrested last week over several allegedly violent outbursts following the recent trial into his unlawful tasering by police.

Mr Spratt is facing 10 charges, including assaulting police and assault occasioning bodily harm which were laid after four incidents on Thursday last week.

He is expected to apply for bail when he reappears in court next Friday.

Mr Cooke said lawyer Hylton Quail has been briefed to represent Mr Spratt and he requested an adjournment to consider a report from the Frankland Centre, which was received only yesterday.

At his previous court appearance, Mr Cooke said the events of the past weeks had taken a considerable toll on Mr Spratt.
Police officers Aaron Grant Strahan and Troy Gregory Tomlin were found guilty last week of unlawfully tasering Mr Spratt in the Perth Watch House in 2008.

They were each convicted of three counts of assault, fined more than $3000 each and given suspended jail terms.

The West Australian

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