UK – No action on man Tasered while in a diabetic coma (2008-07-31)

Published on July 31 2008 by admin


No action on man Tasered while in a diabetic coma

A POLICE officer who “shot” a comatose man twice with an electric stun gun will not be prosecuted. Diabetic Nicholas Gaubert fell into a diabetic coma on the top deck of a bus in Leeds six days after the July 7 London bombings.

The bus had been cleared of passengers but Mr Gaubert, who is a businessman from Headingley, did not move.

A police officer used the 50,000-volt Taser stun gun on him twice.

Mr Gaubert lodged a complaint with the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The Commission has decided that a disciplinary hearing should take place.


But the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to press charges against West Yorkshire Police or the officers involved.

Mr Gaubert and his solicitors have expressed their anger over the decision. They also say the Commission is refusing to supply them with details of the disciplinary hearing.

“It is now three years since I was Tasered and falsely arrested under the Terrorism Act,” said Mr Gaubert.

“I was conscious at the time with hypoglycaemia owing to my diabetes. I showed no aggression as I was unconscious and unable to respond to police demands. I have had no explanation or apology.”

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