Man Shot In Scrotum Found Not Guilty Of Attempting To Kill Cop
A Queensland jury has found a man not guilty of attempting to kill a police officer after she shot him in the scrotum.
Daniel Luke White Mayne, 28, was instead found guilty of an alternate charge of attempted striking to resist arrest.
The jury's verdict on Thursday came after White Mayne was tried in the Brisbane Supreme Court for more than a week for attempting to murder Constable Diane Dorothy Squires in January 2017.
White Mayne was shot through the thigh and scrotum by Squires after a routine arrest escalated into an underground car park shooting.
She and partner Constable Simeon Pickering tried to arrest White Mayne at the Solaire Apartments at Surfers Paradise, right next door to the Gold Coast's police headquarters at Ferny Ave, when things went awry.
"I had my hands on [White Mayne] then I realised the arrest was not going as smoothly as planned," Squires said while giving evidence during the trial.
"[White Mayne] pulled out a gun.
"It was held in a position that, to me, was ready to fire."
Squires then pulled out her gun and shot at White Mayne four times.
"All I remember was seeing the gun very close to my face," she said.
Squires hit him twice, with one bullet puncturing his thigh and scrotum and another going through his foot.
But then her police-issue weapon jammed.
She said White Mayne responded by yelling "you shot me" and firing a shot at her.
She fled from White Mayne, who she said hollered words to the effect of "you're gonna die" or "you're going to cop this, you dog c***".
She thought he was going to kill her.
"I thought then I was going to die," Squires said.
White Mayne attempted to escape into a stairwell.
But he was met with more gunfire, this time from Pickering, who had retreated to the stairwell when White Mayne pulled the revolver from the bag.
White Mayne's defence maintained he never intended to kill Squires. He consistently claimed in later police interviews that "he was just trying to scare them so he could get away", his barrister Angus Edwards said.
After the jury delivered the verdict, the matter was adjourned to May 24 for a mention to determine a date for a sentencing.
White Mayne remains in custody.
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