Cop attacker found guilty
A former boxer who twice fought Danny Green has been found guilty of attempted murder over a samurai sword attack on a police officer in Rockingham.
Milos Radovic, 46, claimed he accidentally sliced Senior Constable Andrew Swift’s head down to the bone with a 1.2m sword after he was tasered outside his former wife’s home in July last year.
The father-of-four said he moved the sword around in some kind of “tai chi” motion while having a muscle spasm and fell forward into Sen. Const. Swift’s head while holding his razor-sharp sword.
After five days of evidence and about three hours of deliberations, a Supreme Court jury rejected Radovic’s version of events and convicted him of attempted murder last Friday.
The incident unfolded outside the house Radovic’s former wife lived in with their daughter and two teenage boys.
Radovic went to court the day before the attack in a bid to vary a violence restraining order that prohibited him from contacting the teenagers and their mother.
One of the teens who gave evidence said he heard his father swearing and shout “I will f. . .ing kill youse all” outside the unit on the day the officer was injured.
The teen said his father left the unit before police arrived, but returned with the sword after Sen. Const. Swift and his partner had finished taking statements.
Radovic claimed he had set out on the day to confront two men, including one of his former wife’s relatives, about rumours his son was being used as a drug courier.
He said he did not know where his former wife lived, telling officers he went to the Rockingham street because he had recently seen her relative at a nearby bottle shop.
Radovic, who also had a knife tucked into his boot, gave evidence he armed himself with the sword for protection.
Prosecutor Justin Whalley told the jurors they would probably never know for sure why Radovic tried to kill Sen. Const. Swift, suggesting he was in a rage and “was going to kill someone, anyone”. Sen. Const. Swift testified he fired his taser at Radovic before he was injured but said the shot appeared to be ineffective.
He said he tasered Radovic in the ribs and neck after the blow and managed to overpower him while bleeding heavily from his head with the help of his partner.
The jury was shown a video recorded by Radovic at his home a few weeks before the attack, which showed him manoeuvring the sword and holding the blade in front of the camera.
Mr Whalley argued the video showed Radovic knew the features of the sword and was capable of handling the weapon with precision and a high degree of dexterity.
Defence lawyer Helen Prince rejected allegations by the State that Radovic was holding the sword above his head before he hit Sen. Const. Swift.
Speaking outside court, Sen. Const. Swift expressed his relief at the verdict but said his emotional scars were still there.
He said the ordeal was harrowing for his family and had led to him briefly reconsidering whether he wanted to continue in the force.
Radovic will be sentenced at a later date.
Senior Constable Andrew Swift leaving court.
Milos Radovic, 46, of Beeliar.