Tasered man pulls wires from chest, not once but twice

A MARYBOROUGH man pulled live taser wires off himself, not once but twice, during an attempted attack on two police officers.

Joseph Ronald Lynch appeared in the Maryborough Magistrates Court this week to plead guilty to charges relating to the incident at a public park in Maryborough on November 30.

Police prosecutor Kath Stagoll said officers were called to the park by residents who were concerned by Lynch's strange behaviour.

When they arrived Lynch was shirtless and staring off into the distance with a stick in his hand.

As they approached and introduced themselves, the 29-year-old spun around and raised the stick.

Lynch ignored repeated requests to stop, the court heard, and was then tasered.

Sgt Stagoll said the shock caused Lynch to drop the stick in his hand but he was able to remove the wires from his chest.

He ran at the officers again and was tasered for the second time.

Once again he removed the wires from his chest, and this time he ran at the police car and "thumped" it.

Finally he was subdued with capsicum spray and arrested.

Sgt Stagoll said while the officers weren't injured in the incident, it was a serious matter requiring jail time.

Magistrate Graham Hillan sentenced Lynch to three months' imprisonment and declared 47 days of pre-sentence custody as time served.

He was granted immediate parole.



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