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Canberra police shooting victim awarded $8 million.

By Charlotte - 10 June 2011 163

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.

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.

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Canberra police shooting victim awarded $8 million.
Spideydog 7:26 pm 10 Jun 11

This a disgrace and I hope it is vigorously appealed. If you have to “reserve your decision” for 3 years, I find it hard to believe you can find negligence………

mediaman 6:56 pm 10 Jun 11

I think he won the damages as it was a stick and not a sword. If it was a sword there might not have been a case to answer.

creative_canberran 6:41 pm 10 Jun 11

Hate to say it but the only negligence here was the officer didn’t aim a few inches further either way.
This really has become a lottery that rewards stupidity. Let’s consider a few things:

1) He was already on a disability pension resulting from injuries sustained in a cliff fall overseas and two car accidents

2) He was already living with his parents in a caravan at their home.

3) His only contributions to the community seem to be as a life-long member of the Labor Party (no, that’s not a joke) and a devout Christian so dedicated to his faith that he lept up during services declaring he was Jesus and had 1000 years to save the world.

The point of compensation under torts is to return someone to the position they were in before the negligence occurred, not to reward someone and enrich them for it. He clearly hasn’t lost potential employment income, he didn’t have employment potential to begin with. He was already in receipt of the pension for physical injuries. And there’s no suggestion he in any other way contributed to society that, by virtue of this accident, he is no longer able to.

nexus6 6:10 pm 10 Jun 11

cops involved should counter sue him for 8 million + $1 for the stress he has caused them

Clown Killer 6:06 pm 10 Jun 11

Nice work if you can get it.

Deref 5:41 pm 10 Jun 11

Ozi said :

That seems reasonable,

I mean, all he was doing was minding his own business, beating up members of public, vehicles and attending Police with a bamboo martial arts sword.

Then, when he exercises his basic human right to try and murder the Police officer with aforementioned sword, he was viciously shot!

If anything, $8 Million isn’t enough.

Poor petal.

+1

Couldn’t have said it better m’self.

Proboscus 5:40 pm 10 Jun 11

In my humble opinion thisdecision is quite f@#ked up.

Personally I’d thank all of our guys and gals in blue for doing an excellent job within our community. Keep your chins up.

As for Mr Crowley – he should take his $8 million bucks and use $6 million to get rebuilt with bionics and put the remaining $2 million through the pokies.

Heavs 5:02 pm 10 Jun 11

@1

Another one I see.

Once negligence was found on the part of ACTP he was always going to get a fair chunk. It’s not like he’s going to buy a solid gold mansion with the money. He has to pay for round the clock care for the rest of his life. Can never work or do anything for himself again. Seems a logical amount to me.

Whether the initial judgment was correct (on the negligence) is another issue on which I have no comment as I haven’t read the judgment.

artuoui 4:53 pm 10 Jun 11

Good policing is meant to offer better alternatives to shooting people and making them quadriplegics.

davjp 4:45 pm 10 Jun 11

Ozi said :

That seems reasonable,

I mean, all he was doing was minding his own business, beating up members of public, vehicles and attending Police with a bamboo martial arts sword.

Then, when he exercises his basic human right to try and murder the Police officer with aforementioned sword, he was viciously shot!

If anything, $8 Million isn’t enough.

Poor petal.

Nice way of taking the piss. Took me a minute to figure out you were being sarcastic 🙂

Calamity 4:40 pm 10 Jun 11

It was a stick.

Holierthanthou 4:30 pm 10 Jun 11

That seems reasonable after all we aren’t in Victoria, where having a mental illness is a capital offence. The correct course of action when someone is going bananas with a shinai is to take it off them rather than shoot them in the neck.

PBO 4:16 pm 10 Jun 11

That money could have gone to the Police firearm training course to teach them to shoot 4 inches higher.

what_the 4:10 pm 10 Jun 11

Ozi said :

That seems reasonable,

I mean, all he was doing was minding his own business, beating up members of public, vehicles and attending Police with a bamboo martial arts sword.

Then, when he exercises his basic human right to try and murder the Police officer with aforementioned sword, he was viciously shot!

If anything, $8 Million isn’t enough.

Poor petal.

Ozi said :

That seems reasonable,

I mean, all he was doing was minding his own business, beating up members of public, vehicles and attending Police with a bamboo martial arts sword.

Then, when he exercises his basic human right to try and murder the Police officer with aforementioned sword, he was viciously shot!

If anything, $8 Million isn’t enough.

Poor petal.

Ha ha ha gold.

Ozi 3:57 pm 10 Jun 11

That seems reasonable,

I mean, all he was doing was minding his own business, beating up members of public, vehicles and attending Police with a bamboo martial arts sword.

Then, when he exercises his basic human right to try and murder the Police officer with aforementioned sword, he was viciously shot!

If anything, $8 Million isn’t enough.

Poor petal.

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