PICTURED: Commuter who ‘stole a policeman’s Taser and fired it at him as officers tried to take him down – after he and his girlfriend were caught dodging train fare’
- Jason McGoldrick, 50, was dramatically arrested at a Sydney station on Friday
- He faced Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday, charged with a string of offences
- He allegedly snatched a taser from a police officer and fired it at his colleague
- The male sergeant, 52, sustained a minor wrist injury during the alleged incident
A man who allegedly snatched a Taser from police and fired it at a cop during a dramatic train station arrest has faced court.
Jason McGoldrick, 50, appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday, a day after the shocking incident at Yennora Train Station in Sydney’s south-west.
McGoldrick, from Kingsford, faces nine charges including allegedly assaulting two police officers, breaching an AVO and being in possession of prescription drugs.
Footage of his arrest was captured by shocked onlookers, allegedly after McGoldrick and his girlfriend failed to show valid Opal cards to two transit police officers.
Jason McGoldrick (left), 50, and his girlfriend Blair Richards (right) were getting off a train at Yennora in Sydney’s south on Friday when they allegedly failed to show police officers valid Opal cards
A violent scuffle broke out, with McGoldrick allegedly grabbing the officer’s taser and firing it at his partner. McGoldrick appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday where he did not apply for bail
As they were escorted off the train at Yennora, a violent scuffle broke out on the platform when the officers tried to arrest McGoldrick and wrestle him to the ground.
‘I just saw two cops hitting one guy, I think there was a lot of tasering going on, a lot of hitting… (then) I saw them escort him to the police van,’ witness Matthew Naamo told 9 News.
The video shows the man’s girlfriend, Blair Richards, watching on while screaming at the officers to stop.
Despite being pinned to the ground, the man manages to grab an officer’s taser and fires it at his colleague, who yells in pain and falls back on the pavement.
Police alleged the taser was fired four times before the man was disarmed.
One of the officers then pulls out a baton and hits the man a number of times as they wait for back-up to arrive.
Despite being pinned to the ground, McGoldrick allegedly manages to grab an officer’s taser and fires it at his colleague, who yells in pain and falls back on the pavement
One of the officers then pulls out a baton out and hits the man a number of times as they wait for police back-up to arrive
Police alleged in court that the pair were unable to produce valid Opal cards and that McGoldrick was also in breach of an apprehended violence order.
A 52-year-old male sergeant sustained a minor wrist injury during the alleged incident while a 29-year-old senior constable was uninjured.
McGoldrick didn’t apply for bail during Saturday’s hearing and the matter has been adjourned until next week.
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