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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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goquietly 4:02 pm 06 Jun 13

A Canberra man rendered quadriplegic after being shot by police 11 years ago, the day after his family refused to have him admitted to hospital for psychiatric care, has been refused special leave to appeal a decision to deny him millions of dollars in damages in the High Court on Thursday.

Mr Crowley is wheelchair-bound and has a level of spinal cord injury which does not preclude a relatively independent life. However due to prior and continuing mental health issues/overuse of cannabis he is massively overweight, has ongoing health issues, requires around-the-clock care, and relies on his ageing parents to oversee his care and expenses.

That’s more like it.

bundah 2:47 pm 06 Jun 13

P Taker said :

More news on this case was released today by the Canberra Times.

Having read the court of appeals judgement it was clear that Penfold substantially erred in awarding Crowley the $8m so it’s not surprising the High Court dismissed leave to appeal.No question that he was insane when shot by police and given everything that’s occurred and the pain he’s endured he probably wishes the plod were more accurate.


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