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Spratt police lose appeal bid
Spratt police lose appeal bid

Two WA police officers have failed in an appeal against their convictions for assaulting Kevin Spratt by repeatedly tasering him - but are still likely to keep their jobs.

Aaron Grant Strahan and Troy Gregory Tomlin were sentenced to eight months jail, suspended for six months, and fined $3250 and $3800 respectively after being found guilty of three counts each of assault earlier this year.

Their lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court against the convictions and sentences, which they argued were "manifestly excessive and a substantial miscarriage of justice".

Chief Justice Wayne Martin dismissed the appeals yesterday.

His reasons will be published later.

A spokeswoman for Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said that because there had been no other concerns about the officers since the incident, they were unlikely to face further sanction.

"Both officers have been on full duties since 2009," she said.

"In that time, there have been no further managerial issues and no other concerns about their performance."

The West Australian

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