Friday, January 02, 2009

Tasing Seniors: UK Edition

Some brave police work from across the pond:

POLICE fired a taser gun at a 71-year-old man after an incident involving a next door neighbour.

Paul Spratt, prosecuting, told North Staffordshire magistrates that Derrick Morrey believed the activities of the people next door were affecting his television reception. He took either an ice pick or a claw hammer round to the home of Joseph Finnigan and his partner in Pennell Street, Bucknall, and smashed two windows and a door. Mr Spratt said Morrey then went to Mr Finnigan's car and smashed the windows.

Police asked Morrey to put down the weapon three times. When he didn't a taser gun was fired at his chest.

Morrey, of Pennell Street, Bucknall, pleaded guilty to affray, criminal damage to two windows and a door, and damaging car windows, on December 29. Sentence was adjourned until January 23.

He was conditionally bailed.

Given that the darts were aimed at the senior's chest, he's lucky to be alive.