Great-grandmother Taser: Kristian White, accused of rocking Clare Nowland, gets conditional bail after police charged with special treatment
- Taser cop Kristian White faces court via AVL
- Request for arrest for Tasering of 95-year-old grandmother
- 33-year-old officer granted bail under strict conditions
The police officer charged with Tasering, 95-year-old great-grandmother Clare Nowland, was given strict bail conditions as prosecutors argued she was barred from any contact with the great-grandmother’s family.
But Kristian White, 33, who was due to face Justice Robert Beech-Jones in person at the New South Wales Supreme Court on Tuesday, was again excused and appeared via Audio Visual Link from an unspecified location.
Judge Beech-Jones said the charges against the officer were “undoubtedly serious” and granted permission for a redacted copy of the police facts in the case to be made public on Wednesday, after Nowland’s family had a chance to read them. .
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was filing a detainer request for the suspended officer, but made it clear there was no intent to detain White.
Taser police officer Kristian White (above right) is on unconditional bail charged with three counts of violence in the case of 95-year-old Clare Nowland.
Prosecutors are seeking the arrest of police officer Kristian White, who has been free in the community without bail conditions after being accused of Tasering Clare Nowland, 95 (above) in May.
Dressed in a suit and tie, Officer White politely responded to a brief question before being ordered to behave himself, appear in court when necessary in the future, and not to approach Ms. Nowland’s family or any witnesses to the case. case.
He has been living freely in the community, on unconditional bail, since he allegedly Tasered Ms. Nowland in her walker at a Cooma nursing home in the early morning of May 17.
White was charged with three alleged crimes of violence for discharging his weapon at the dementia patient at Yallambee Lodge in the south of the state when she approached him with a knife in hand.
Ms Nowland fell backwards and suffered head injuries, dying a week later at Cooma Hospital, sparking global outrage.
She died on the night of May 24, surrounded by family including her eight children, 24 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.
Police announced late the same afternoon that White had been charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily injury, assault causing bodily injury, and common assault.
He was charged via subpoena and has remained on unconditional bail, however that is likely to change with prosecutors asking for conditions to be imposed if he is allowed to remain in the community.
Police Commissioner Karen Webb has been charged with a cover-up after police medics erased publicity about Ms Nowland’s alleged assault of any mention of Tasering, that Nowland had a knife, that she was in a nursing home or that the policeman’s employment was under review
Suspended police officer Kristian White (above in Cooma last month) will appear before the NSW Supreme Court while prosecutors seek his detention or strict bail conditions.
The arrest request comes after it was revealed that Ms Nowland’s family is suing the state of New South Wales over her alleged assault and brought a civil action on her behalf before her death.
Ms Nowland, a 43kg, 157cm great-grandmother with dementia, was tasered inside a nursing home treatment room as she slowly approached Snr. Constable White and a Sgt.
After Mr. Constable White fired his Taser at her and she fell, Mrs. Nowland never regained consciousness before dying.
The officer allegedly shot Ms. Nowland after asking her to ‘stop’ several times, and then say ‘Oh damn’ while deploying the Taser.
Despite intense public interest in the tasering of 95-year-old Ms Nowland, Commissioner Webb has consistently refused to view body camera footage of the incident, which top police described as “confrontation”.
Earlier this month, a magistrate criticized prosecutors for allowing White to appear in Cooma Local Court via audiovisual link rather than in person.
A “disgruntled” NSW magistrate, Roger Clisdell, chastised the Director of Public Prosecutions for wasting money spent on extra security and that he had been left as “Dumbo sitting on the bench here (who) has to put up with”.