Student tasered 14 times before death

2012-10-08 12:02

Sydney - An inquest into the death of a Brazilian student chased by Australian police through central Sydney was told on Monday that officers fired their Taser stun guns at him at least 14 times before he died.

Roberto Laudisio Curti, aged 21, had shared a tab of LSD with two friends in the hours before the incident in March and the court heard that he was acting erratically before the police pursuit began.

"There were a total of 14 discharges applied to Roberto," said counsel assisting the inquest Jeremy Gormly, adding many of the Taser shots did not hit him.

Police gave chase after Curti, who was unarmed, allegedly stole two packets of biscuits from a city convenience store. In his paranoid state, the young Brazilian showed great strength in evading them.

The court heard police used pepper spray, a baton and other force before deploying the Tasers, which use an electrical charge to incapacitate a person. As more officers joined the pursuit Curti was eventually pinned to the ground. Shortly afterwards it was noted he was not breathing.

'Bright future'

In the days after the incident, police defended their use of the Tasers but the death prompted calls from Brazil's consul in Sydney for an explanation.

Curti's brother-in-law Mike Reynolds told journalists that the family, some of whom travelled from overseas for the inquest, were hoping for answers.

"He was a 21-year-old young man with a bright future and his death was simply a pointless waste of life," he said.

In a statement to national broadcaster ABC, Curti's family in Brazil said it was watching proceedings closely.

"The inquest is very important for all of the extended family and we trust that we'll get the full truth as to what happened on that awful evening," the statement said.

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-10-08 13:07

    That's shocking....

  • Desilusionada - 2012-10-08 13:26

    Tazered 14 times? Of which many missed? So how many times was he really tazered? An if the tazer does not incapacitate him, what should the police do? Let him run away so that he can attack an innocent passer-by? Sad that he died, but then again why take LSD in the 1st place. So his brilliant future that his family knew all about, was perhaps not so brilliant, if at 21 he is already a regular drug user. Or did he steal the biscuits to invite some friends over for tea?

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-08 15:06

      A regular drug user? You clearly don't know much about psychedelics. Judging by your opinion it seems you need some.

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-08 15:23

      @tom.guy.37669528 And you clearly do not know about other drugs either. His need for sugar was because he wanted to run away from the cops neh? And his resisting arrest was just a bit of harmless horseplay. He did not actually mean it, right? And the LSD was BP-standard? But I do apologize as your superior knowledge indicate that you studied the toxicology report.....

  • oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-10-08 13:54

    All for an LCD cap. The man would not have harmed anyone on acid, he would not have stolen anything, he would not have murdered anyone. The Australian police are now culpable for his death - and everyone else who is advocating for the 'war against drugs'. His death is now your doing.

      neutedop.opinie - 2012-10-08 14:25

      Seems like taking drugs influence your reading ability. He already took the LSD, he already stole something, was running away from police. So yes, he did steal......Not going to lie awake over another junkie that died.

      oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-10-08 15:13

      @neutedop.opinie There is no where in the article claiming that he stole anything. He was acting erratically. Funny, you obviously don't take drugs but you manage to pull out the weirdest crap to suit you argument. Pyschodelics, of which LSD is categorised, is not like tik or crystal meths etc - you can't pin the a 'junkie' status on LCD users. I will now include you in the category of all who I think should accept guilt for this man's death.

      oistar.tutu.9 - 2012-10-08 15:19

      Apologies Neutedop - I only saw later on that he was suspected of stealing some biscuits. However, no retraction from my statement because psychodelic drugs are not in any manner conducive to shoplifting or murder or any other category associated with junkyism

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-08 14:33

    "He was a 21-year-old young man with a bright future" - with LSD not only bright, but way cool colourful as well...

  • Makri Singh - 2012-10-08 15:58

    electrifying trip i'd say!!!

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