News

Coroner finds 28 taser zaps didn't cause man's death

Updated: 4:16pm

A CORONER has found taser use - involving 28 zaps - did not directly cause a drug-affected North Queensland man's death.

Deputy State Coroner Christine Clements said found Antonio Carmelo Galeano's death was most likely caused by his drug use and heart problems.

She said, in delivering her findings in Brisbane Coroners Court on Wednesday, she would not recommend any disciplinary action or criminals charges against the Ayr officers involved.

"The cause of Mr Galeano's death was excited delirium, probably caused by amphetamine toxicity included psychosis," she said.

"His death as contributed to by adrenergic impact upon the heart caused during exertion and taser application where the heart was severely affected by coronary atherosclerosis, anatomical changes due to amphetamine use and cardiomyopathy.

"There is no evidence the application of the taser directly caused Mr Galeano's death.

"There is no evidence the application of oleoresin capsicum spray caused or contributed to Mr Galeano's death."

Police were called to Mr Galeano's  Brandon home about in the early hours of June 12, 2009, after he assaulted his girlfriend and severely damaged her house.

Ms Clements recommended cameras on the end of tasers and altering triggers so zaps were restricted to 5 seconds to prevent continuous electronic currents through the body.

She said police in regional and remote areas needed better training on how to deal with people suffering from mental illness or affected by drugs.

She said tasers were "akin to semi-automatic weapons" without a restriction.

Police commissioner Ian Stewart told media on Tuesday that trials with cameras did not work because they activated only when the weapon was raised and stopped when it was pointed to the ground.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Levers said the officers involved had medically retired since the incident.

He said the union supported the coroner's recommendations.

Previously: 11:22am

A CORONER will today deliver her findings into the death of a North Queensland man tasered 28 times.

Antonio Carmelo Galeano, 39, was hysterical and smashing up his girlfriend's home in Brandon when police arrived in the middle of the night in June, 2009.

A coronial inquest heard he had threatened to the kill police before launching himself towards officers, which is when one of them fired the taser.

The inquest heard Galeano, though a known drug user who was often aggressive, also had heart problems and mental health issues.

The death raised many questions about using tasers to stun people.

Deputy State Coroner Christine Clements will hand down her findings at 2.30pm in Brisbane.

This comes as the Crime and Misconduct Commission releases a report showing the frequency of taser use has increased.

But, the report says, the weapon is mostly used as a calming device without officers having to discharge.

Topics:  coronial inquest, crime and misconduct commission, taser




PHOTO GALLERY: Race fans enjoy high octane fun at Supercars

Tyler Day, Deegan McNamara, Joshua Day and Michael McNamara at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint.

Large crowds converge on Queensland Raceway

Lowndes leads way at Ipswich SuperSprint

Race winner Craig Lowndes celebrates in style at Queensland Raceway today.

Supercars champion fires at Qld Raceway

Soana steering Force women into playoff challenge

Ipswich Force basketballer Soana Lucet.

Ipswich import proves valuable recruit

Latest deals and offers

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Recycling your childhood faves

GHOST GIRL: Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in a scene from Ghostbusters.

Everything that's old is new again

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Indigenous artist shows tourists secrets of Aboriginal painting

Ever thought "I could do that" about Aboriginal art?

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles