Taser officers launch appeal
Taser officers launch appeal

Two WA Police officers found guilty of assaulting Kevin Spratt by repeatedly tasering him have launched appeals against their convictions and sentences.

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.

The pair's lawyers have lodged documents in the WA Supreme Court seeking leave to appeal against the convictions and the sentences, which they describe as "manifestly excessive and a substantial miscarriage of justice".

Magistrate Richard Bromfield denied requests to record spent convictions against Tomlin, who was a senior constable at the time of the assault but is now a police auxiliary officer, and Strahan, a sergeant.

The grounds for the appeals include claims that on some charges, there had been no finding that the tasers caused Mr Spratt injury or discomfort and that Mr Bromfield failed to consider self-defence.

Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said after the trial he would not answer questions on the future of the officers until any appeals had been finalised.

Within days of the trial finishing on January 21, Mr Spratt was accused of committing a string of offences during an outburst that allegedly included assaulting police.

His defence team has previously told the court that the tasering trial had taken a considerable toll on him and the 44-year-old was last month ordered to have a psychiatric assessment while in custody for the alleged outburst.

Yesterday, he appeared in the Perth Magistrate's Court via video link from Hakea Prison on two other charges relating to the same period - one count of cannabis possession and a charge of possessing a controlled weapon on January 21. Mr Spratt's lawyer Rachel Mounsey asked the court to hold off on recording convictions for the offences because Mr Spratt had pleaded guilty to them without legal advice.

The lawyer also asked that the two charges be adjourned to May 2 - the same date Mr Spratt is due to appear on his other charges. Mr Spratt, who did not apply for bail, was remanded in custody.

The West Australian

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