Duncan Schwab had driven past a burning car when police suddenly smashed his van window with a baton and fired the electrical stun device at his shoulder.A year. A whole year, with the experience and the threat of a court case hanging over him...
The shocked 45-year-old vintner was still reeling from the blow when he was taken to a police station in Totnes, Devon.
He was breath tested but charged with failing to stop when asked and the matter ended up in court a year on.
But at the start of the trial no evidence was offered and the court case was dropped.Wha..?
Given it must have been a very serious crime to have used a Tazer, as we are always assured, what gives?
Devon and Cornwall police said officers had been investigating an incident when a car hit a house and burst into flames.Translation: 'too dumb not to shoot at anything that moves'.
They had been on the look out for culprits and were 'in a heightened state of alert'.
Oh, yeah, let's give all these cretins Tazers, rather than restrict it to the professionals, shall we?
His solicitor Nigel Butt made a request for defence costs to be paid.'Made a request'..?
He shouldn't have needed to! The police farce involved should have immediately suspended the officers involved, taken away their shiny toys and sold them to pay Mr Schwab's court costs.
And then put the cops on wine-stamping duty while he has a foreign holiday at the Farce's personal expense...