Man guilty of sword at­tack

The West Australian - - NEWS - Elle Far­cic

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.

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