Police Officer Allegedly Tasered During Dramatic Arrest Attempt
A police officer has been tasered by an alleged fare-evader in the latest attack on a NSW Police Officer to be caught on camera.
Sergeant Brain Jeffrey and Senior Constable Askin Cetin were patrolling the rail network at around 4pm on Friday, when they approached a couple traveling between Cabramatta and Yennora train stations.
Neither Jason McGoldrick or his partner Blair Richards had a valid Opal card and were asked to get off the train.
That’s when, according to Richards, “things escalated”.
McGoldrick and the two officers began wrestling on the platform, and when the Senior Constable’s taser was unholstered, it was the Sergeant who was hit.
The 52-year-old screamed in pain and fell backwards.
The incident was captured by fellow commuters and features Richards screaming “stop, please stop” as the taser is fired several times.
She told 10 News First her boyfriend’s encounter with police was “scary”.
“I haven’t stopped crying since (and) I haven’t been able to sleep,” she said.
McGoldrick -- who was initially only facing one charge of fare evasion -- was then slapped with several more serious charges including assaulting two police officers and resisting arrest.
McGoldrick is also accused of breaching a court-ordered ban which prevents him from seeing Richards.
His matter was briefly mentioned in Parramatta Local Court on Saturday. He didn’t apply for bail and will remain in prison until at least Wednesday.
Sergeant Jeffreys had a minor injury to his wrist, while the senior constable was uninjured.