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  • 15/01/2010 Make a Comment (2)
  • Contributed by: MrNatural ( 12 articles in 2010 )
Heavily armed police officers burst into an Adelaide hospital room and pointed a gun at a father minutes after the delivery of his child, a report claims.

The firearm was aimed over the mother and newborn and at the man's head as members of South Australia Police's Special Tasks and Rescue (STAR) Group sprung into action, the man's lawyer says.

"He cut the umbilical cord and kissed her before passing his daughter to the mother," the Adelaide Advertiser reported lawyer Michael Figwer as saying.

"He was sitting between the mother and the wall.

"Two midwives and the man's mother were in the room when the curtain came flying back, as two STAR Group officers armed with tasers, flak jackets and helmets burst through.

"One was armed with a semi-automatic pistol, which was pointed at his head across the bed where the baby was lying on the mother's stomach."

The operation took place at the Women's and Children's Hospital delivery room about 7pm on December 10 at the direction of Families SA social workers.

The father, who has a history of violent crime, was taken away in handcuffs, taken home and ordered not to return to the hospital.

The infant remains in care before a Youth Court hearing decides who will raise the girl.

While the man was not charged and has no outstanding warrants, he has an extensive police record in South Australia and Victoria including threats to cause harm and discharging a firearm in public.


    By:Amfortas from Tasmania, Australia on February 10, 2010 @ 10:00 pm
    So, let me understand this. He was going about his lawful occasions and the police burst in with guns to 'capture' him, but then did not charge him with anything.

    Did I get that right?

    Good job he wasn't getting a coffee from a dispensing machine or there would have been a spillage to charge him with.

    Would they burst in with guns if, say, he decided to crap in the toilet?

    The Police should definitely have to explain themselves.
    By:Petie from SA, AUS on January 16, 2010 @ 8:48 pm
    This is demonstrably outrageous!!!

    Surely more of a reason than "he has an extensive police record in South Australia and Victoria including threats to cause harm and discharging a firearm in public." this is warranted before you barge in on such a delicate and precious moment as thus.

    The newspaper should demand and the police provide better particulars to justify their actions else a public apology must be in order.

    Discharges firearms in a public place..what does this mean exactly?

    Anyway, good one STAR or SWAT or NUFF NUFF brigade or whatever this intelligent unit call themselves.

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