27 Feb 2015

Taser victim to seek compensation

9:58 pm on 27 February 2015

The lawyer for a man who was tasered and pepper-sprayed in front of his partner and children by two police officers, says he is seeking compensation after his family was left traumatised by the incident.

Timaru freezing worker Troy Reuben was found not guilty of assaulting an officer in the Timaru District Court in 2012.

An Independent Police Conduct Authority report last year found two constables gave evidence about the case which they knew to be wrong, with the approval of at least two senior officers and the police prosecutor.

Yesterday it was revealed the pair had been cleared after a criminal inquiry.

Troy Reuben's lawyer, Jay Lovely, said he was now seeking compensation for the incident.

He said there were legal costs to cover and also counselling for Mr Reuben's children, with his son, who was 10 at the time, particularly traumatised by watching Mr Reuben being tasered and pepper-sprayed.