Alex Farrell at Kyogle Court.
Alex Farrell at Kyogle Court.

Kyogle sportsman tasered by police

AFTER a day at the Tabulam races, Alex Farrell refused police directions to move on later that night in a Kyogle street.

So the ‘highly regarded' sportsman and role model suffered the indignity of being the first person to be shot by a Taser in Kyogle.

Farrell, 22, a first grade rugby league player, pleaded guilty in the Kyogle Local Court to offensive behaviour and resisting police in Geneva Street at 7.40pm on Nov-ember 7 last year. Other charges against him, including assault of an officer, were withdrawn by police.

Farrell was on a good behaviour bond at the time which Magistrate Michael Dakin immediately revoked.

“This is a man who should not drink because of the recurring theme of alcohol (in his offending),” defence barrister Simon Priestly said.

Police facts stated Farrell and a friend had been dropped off in Kyogle after the races, with police seeing him drinking stubbies of beer in the street and asking him to move on.

Casino police were also called to the town because of the large groups of people wandering about the streets

When police came across Farrell later that night they again told him to move on.

He was later asked to walk across the road and speak to the officers away from a group of people he was with, but did not comply.

Police said he was seen to reach inside his shorts and throw an item in the direction of a police officer with a Taser.

Police took hold of Farrell and allege he struggled, ‘swinging his arms about and twisting his body' resisting their efforts.

During the struggle police state he became increasingly violent and the Taser deployed, hitting Farrell in his stomach.

A reference letter to the court from Kyogle Rugby League Football Club president John Reilly stated Farrell was the player representative who held ‘a high standard of respect from the club committee and players'.

Farrell will be sentenced in September.

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