The man at the centre of the police lockup taser controversy says he is glad two police officers will be charged over the incident.
Kevin Spratt said today he had been told by police that the officers would be charged over their alleged involvement in the incident in which he was tasered 14 times in a 2008 episode caught on security cameras, which made headlines in 2010.
The WA Police Union confirmed this afternoon that Sen. Const. Troy Tomlin has been charged with three counts of common assault and Sgt Aaron Strahan with four counts of common assault.
Mr Spratt said: "This day has been a long time coming and I am pleased that there will finally be consequences of what happened to me that day," Mr Spratt said today.
He said he was still waiting for compensation.
Police Union president George Tilbury said the officers had indicated they would defend the charges vigorously and they intended to plead not guilty.
"This has taken a long time. The officers have been punished twice," Mr Tilbury said, referring to previous fines the officers received after a police internal disciplinary hearing.
“It’s not good enough, these officers should not have been charged and we will be defending them right through the entire process,” he said.
The officers have not been stood down as a result of the new charges.
Their first court appearance will be next month.
Mr Spratt's lawyers have contacted the State Government and requested Mr Spratt's medical records for the time he was in prison after the incident to help prepare for a request for an ex-gratia payment.
There have been several investigations since the incident and though internal disciplinary action had been taken against some of the police officers, no charges were. laid.
Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan has previously said police initially decided to deal with the officers internally rather than criminally because he believed they were Mr Spratt's wishes at the time.
Mr Spratt has been jailed over separate matters since the incident.