Police taser victim launches damages claim

Suing: Colin Farmer
Suing: Colin Farmer

A BLIND stroke victim who was tasered in the back by a police officer is seeking damages.

Colin Farmer, 63, who is registered blind/partially sighted and has suffered two strokes, was tasered with a 50,000 volt stun gun.

Police mistook the white stick he was holding for a samurai sword.

Police said they had received reports that a man carrying a smurai sword was roaming the area.

The incident happened on Peter Street, Chorley, on October 12, last year, as Mr Farmer made his way to a local pub for a drink with friends.

Mr Farmer is claiming damages from Lancashire Constabulary for assault, false imprisonment, breach by the police of of Article 3 under the European Convention of Human Rights (no one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment) and personal injury for the physical and psychological injuries he has suffered as a result of the incident.

In addition Mr Farmer will be seeking a Declaration of Incompatibility from the High Court in relation to the use of the Taser on him.