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Man shot with Taser by police gets conditional discharge

A man who had to be subdued with a Taser after he fought with police was shown mercy in Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard that Charles Warren, 27, resisted arrest when officers tried to arrest him after he shouted, swore and broke a window on Wednesday at a house in St George’s occupied by his girlfriend and her mother.

But Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo imposed a six-month conditional discharge for the first-time offence.

The court heard that police responded to a call about loud cursing and destruction of property at a home in St George’s.

Warren’s girlfriend and her mother said he broke a window.

Police heard Warren cursing inside the house after they arrived and went inside, but Warren walked outside.

The officers warned him that he was under arrest, but Warren pushed the officers away and a struggle started.

Officers used a Taser twice on Warren before he was subdued and arrested.

The residents of the house told officers that they planned to press charges for wilful damage, but later declined to submit a complaint.

Warren, from St George’s, apologised for his actions and to the police officers.

He said: “It was very uncharacteristic of me. I’ve never done something like this in my 27 years of life.

“It was just a very high-stress situation.”

Auralee Cassidy, for the defence, said that the incident was “a learning experience” for her client and that he had promised to be on his best behaviour in the future.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo told Warren that he would not have a conviction recorded if he stayed out of trouble for six months.

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