Síndey (Australia), Nov 29 (EFE).- The Australian Police accused this Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter the agent who subdued a 95-year-old woman with a taser last May when she was carrying a knife inside a nursing home and who He died days later from injuries caused during the incident.
The New South Wales State Police, where the event took place, today presented a new charge and accused police officer Kristian White, 33, of ‘involuntary manslaughter’.
Last May the agent, with 12 years of experience and who is suspended, had already been charged with three other crimes: serious injuries due to reckless endangerment, assault with real injuries and common assault.
“This additional charge comes after the death of Clare Nowland, 95 years old,” the statement underlines, indicating that the officer must appear on December 6 before a court in the town of Cooma, about 430 kilometers southwest of Sydney. for the formal reading of this last accusation.
The incident occurred on May 17 when the police officer and a colleague went to the Yallambee nursing home in Cooma after a call that the elderly woman, named Clare Nowland and who suffered from senile dementia, was ‘armed’ with a knife.
When the woman refused to let go of the knife and approached the officers ‘slowly’ on her walker, the officer shot her with his taser gun in the chest and back, causing the grandmother, weighing about 43 kilograms and 1, 57 centimeters tall, fell and hit his head.
After the event, which shocked the country, the elderly woman was admitted to a hospital with a skull fracture, where she died on May 23.
This case once again highlighted the controversial use of tasers by the Australian police, questioned by rights-guarantee organizations such as Amnesty International.
In 2012, Brazilian student Roberto Curti lost his life in Sydney after receiving 14 electric shocks from police officers, in an incident in which a court in the country found four officers guilty in 2014 for the excessive use of force that led to in the death of Curti, who suffered a psychotic episode after ingesting a psychotropic substance. EFE