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Redruth man tasered by police on Truro night out

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: August 16, 2013

Redruth man tasered by police on Truro night out

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A SATURDAY night out in Truro for a Redruth father ended with him being shot twice by police with a taser gun after he became involved in a fight, a court has heard.

Benjamin Beesley, 21, was with his brother, his girlfriend and other friends on the night of June 1 into the early hours of the following day, drinking in Truro when he caught the attention of police after being kicked out of a club.

Alison May, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the court that nightclub staff had told officers Beesley, who lives at Barncoose Terrace, Redruth, with his girlfriend and their one-year-old son, had been the main person involved in the altercation inside the venue.

She said police spoke to the defendant who agreed to move away from the area.

Ms May said the officers then heard shouting and “turned to see Benjamin Beesley running back towards a group. He was throwing punches with clenched fists as he ran towards them”.

The officer drew his taser gun and grabbed hold of Beesley and tried to move him away.

Ms May said: “The taser was activated into Beeseley’s back and he was also subjected to a taser into his leg.”

Beesley appeared at Truro Magistrates’ Court on Thursday where he admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words with intent to cause fear or provoke violence.

He was given a £200 fine, ordered to pay prosecution costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £20.

A further charge of obstructing a police officer in relation to the same incident was withdrawn.

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  • josdave  |  August 16 2013, 7:02PM

    It seems like the best way to restrain someone in his overexcited situation. People who oppose the use of tasers are the same ones who want violent offenders removed from the streets. You can't always have it both ways.

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  • IainS  |  August 16 2013, 5:45PM

    Was the use of a Taser on two occasions really necessary? Are these Tasers being over used? How on earth did the police manage before these disgraceful things were introduced? They are far from a defensive weapon and are increasingly being used as a weapon of offence with increasingly worrying results such as heart attacks, people bursting into flames and so on.

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