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Under-threat cop used stungun on TV squabble man

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

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A MAN was Tasered by police following a incident at an address in Burton.

Christopher Donovan, 25, of Horninglow Road North, Burton, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with assaulting a police officer following the incident in Sydney Street, Burton, on January 13.

The court was told that Donovan was at the address to accompany a friend who was arguing with an ex-partner over ownership of a television.

Police were then called to the scene after reports of a ‘disturbance’ and Donovan was said to have become angry when PC Kevin O’Mara refused to tell him what was going on, pushing the officer, who then responded by pushing Donovan to the ground.

The incident took a dramatic turn, when a furious Donovan charged at the officer with his hand in his pocket.

Feeling threatened, and believing that Donovan may be concealing a weapon, the officer reached for his Taser.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said: “He had no choice but to discharge the Taser as he didn’t know what was going to happen at that point.”

Mark Aston, defending, said it was ‘ironic’ in that Donovan had attended the address with the intention of preventing any trouble from flaring up between the warring couple.

He said: “The officer refused to tell him anything, which annoyed my client, and for reasons he doesn’t really know he pushed the officer, and as a result the officer has Tasered him and he has suffered a nasty burn to the chest. It should be said that there was nothing in his pocket, nothing whatsoever.”

“In all frankness, I don’t think the officer was ever in any danger.”

Donovan pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £105.

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