The ABC informs us that Canberra man Jonathon Crowley has been awarded an $8 million payout in the ACT Supreme Court after being left a quadriplegic when police shot him in the neck in 2001.
A Canberra man who was left a quadriplegic after being shot in the neck by police has been awarded $8 million in compensation.
In 2001 Jonathon Crowley suffered a psychotic episode in Chapman and assaulted several people with a bamboo martial arts stick.
When police officers could not subdue him with capsicum spray, Senior Constable Glenn Pitkethly shot him in the neck.
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The 43-year-old is now a quadriplegic and relies on help from his elderly parents.
In 2008, the family took the matter to the ACT Supreme Court, arguing negligence on the part of the police officer, the Australian Federal Police and ACT Mental Health.
Last month, three years after reserving her decision, Justice Hilary Penfold found the officer negligent along with the other two parties.
She has now awarded Mr Crowley $8 million in damages.