Correctional Officer on Trial for Alleged Murder of Inmate

         

Summary: A correctional officer, known as Officer A, is currently standing trial in the NSW Supreme Court for the alleged murder of an inmate who was attempting to escape custody from a hospital. CCTV footage presented in court shows Officer A firing his revolver three times, with the third shot leading to the inmate’s death. The trial is expected to last four weeks.

A correctional officer, known as Officer A, is currently on trial in the NSW Supreme Court for the alleged murder of 43-year-old Dwayne Johnstone. The incident occurred outside Lismore Base Hospital on March 15, 2019. Officer A has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

CCTV footage presented in court revealed the moments when Mr. Johnstone attempted to escape. Officer A shouted, ‘Correctional officer, stop or I’ll shoot,’ before firing his revolver three times. Two muzzle flashes from Officer A’s firearm were visible in the footage, and the third shot, though not seen, caused Mr. Johnstone’s death.

The prosecution argued that firing the gun with the intention to cause harm at such close proximity indicated an intent to cause ‘really serious bodily harm.’ The jury will determine whether Officer A had a lawful reason to use his gun and whether he acted with reckless indifference to human life.

The defense will present its opening statement on Tuesday, and the trial is expected to continue for four weeks.

Tags: correctional officer, trial, murder, inmate, escape, CCTV footage, intent, jury, defense, lawful reason

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