Cop at­tacker found guilty

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Elle Far­cic

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.

Pic­ture: Ian Munro

Se­nior Con­sta­ble An­drew Swift leav­ing court.

Pic­ture: Face­book

Mi­los Radovic, 46, of Beel­iar.

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