Man 'tasered four times' in tussle

A GIN GIN man who was tasered four times has been committed to stand trial in the Bundaberg District Court for allegedly assaulting police.

Paul Raymond Boardman, 44, entered no plea for serious assault during a committal hearing in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

The hearing yesterday was a continuation of proceedings which originally started in March last year but had to be adjourned for police to download the Taser's deployment record.

The Taser had been sent to Brisbane for the information to be pulled off it, but the weapon had been relocated to Lockhart River without the information being downloaded.

It was alleged the accused truck driver lashed out at a police officer at the Gin Gin Show on May 31, 2009.

The court was told it took baton blows, capsicum spray and four deployments of the Taser to subdue Boardman.

Senior Constable Russell White said the first time the Taser was deployed one of the probes missed Boardman, meaning the circuit was not able to be completed.

He told the court he then tried to use the Taser up against Broadman's skin.

“I was attempting to deploy it to his leg and I could not get the correct angle for it to be effective,” he said.

“He was moving around and thrashing about which made it difficult.”

Snr Const White said he then changed the cartridge on the Taser gun and deployed it from a distance.

The Taser was successful at that stage.

Snr Const White said Boardman was then restrained and his injuries checked.

He said Broadman had bruises on his legs from the baton blows, was in need of his eyes being washed out and had a welt on his chest where the Taser had been deployed.

Snr Const White said Boardman would not let him swab the area.

“He was more concerned with his eyes after the capsicum spray,” he said.

Snr Const White said he had received a slight abrasion and bruising on his left shin during the tussle with Boardman.

Magistrate John Smith found there was enough evidence for the matter to proceed to a trial.



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