Man guilty of sword attack
A former boxer was yesterday found guilty of attempted murder over an horrific samurai sword attack on a policeman that was described by witnesses as something akin to a movie scene.
The Supreme Court yesterday released video footage from a phone of the aftermath of the shocking attack in July last year, which left Sen. Const. Andrew Swift with a bone-deep head wound and a fractured skull.
With blood gushing from his head, Sen. Const. Swift shoved his Taser into Milos Radovic as he wrestled with the father-of-four in a Rockingham street.
Sen. Const. Swift’s partner fired her Taser at Radovic from behind, helping the injured officer overpower the struggling boxer and put him in handcuffs.
“Fear me, fear my power, fear my people,” Radovic yelled after he was put in the back of a police van.
Radovic claimed he accidentally sliced open Sen. Const. Swift’s head after he was tasered, telling the jury he moved the sword in a “tai chi” motion during a muscle spasm and fell forwards.
But after five days of evidence and about three hours of deliberations, a jury yesterday rejected Radovic’s version of events and convicted him of attempted murder. The 46-year-old faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Radovic had gone to court the day before the attack to try to vary a violence restraining order that prohibited him from approaching his former wife or their two teenage sons.
He claimed he had set out on the day to confront two men, including a relative of his former wife, over rumours his son was being used as a drug mule.
Radovic’s now 16-year-old son gave evidence he heard his father swearing and shouting “I will f…ing kill yous (sic) all” outside the unit on the day of the attack.
He said Sen. Const. Swift and his partner had just finished taking statements when Radovic returned to the unit with a 1.2m sword in his car and a knife tucked into his boot.
Prosecutor Justin Whalley told the jurors they would probably never know for sure why Radovic tried to kill Sen. Const. Swift.
He suggested Radovic was in a rage and “was going to kill someone, anyone”.
The jury was shown footage of Radovic manoeuvring the sword and holding the blade in front of a camera, which was filmed at his home weeks before the attack.
Mr Whalley said the video showed Radovic was familiar with the features of the sword and was capable of handling the weapon with precision.
Witnesses described seeing Radovic raise the sword above his head with two hands before he hit the officer with the weapon.
Sen. Const. Swift testified his attacker held the sword as if it were a big axe and brought it down in a motion that resembled someone chopping logs.
Defence lawyer Helen Prince argued that if the blow had been inflicted in the way described by Sen. Const. Swift, the officer would have ended up on the ground.
“He (Radovic) is a boxer who has boxed Danny Green,” she said.
“If there had been a blow as has been alleged by the state, over the head . . . I am suggesting that Sen. Const. Swift would not have been left standing.”
Radovic will be sentenced in January.
Sen. Const. Andrew Swift struggles with Milos Radovic.
Radovic is tasered by a police officer after striking Sen. Const. Swift.