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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Cop sues after being stabbed in the line of duty

Senior Constable Luke Weiks and his lawyer Andrew Taylor outside the Brisbane courts.A Queensland police officer who was stabbed in the line of duty is suing his employer and the owners of the nightclub where he suffered the injuries for more than $1 million.
Nanjing Night Net

Senior Constable Luke Weiks was stabbed in the neck and had his throat cut while patrolling the Santa Fe Nightclub in Townsville on December 14, 2013.

At the time of the incident he also suffered a punctured lung, cuts to his hands and lost a large amount of blood with doctors giving him little chance of survival.

He has since only been able to return to desk duties despite wanting to return to the front line and is suing the state government and nightclub owners Manpel Pty Ltd over the incident.

In a statement of claim lawyers for Senior Constable Weiks said that the man who attacked him, Andrew Max Wilson, a former bouncer at the nightclub, had assaulted another person earlier in the year and police didn’t ban him from the Drink Safe Precinct as a result of that attack.

Senior Constable Weik’s lawyers allege had police followed procedure and banned Wilson from the Drink Safe Precinct he would have been unable to attack the officer.

His lawyer, David Taylor, said if correct procedure were followed, Senior Constable Weiks injuries could have been avoided.

“No amount of money will make up for the terrible ordeal Luke has been through, however his injuries could have been avoided had the procedures in place been followed, which would have ensured he approached the offender with caution, rather than mistaking him as continuing to be an employee of the club,” Mr Taylor said.

Senior Constable Weiks’ claim includes medical, travel and pharmaceutical expenses and he is seeking damages from the state government of $936,642 as well as $1,188,155 from Manpel Pty Ltd.

​No defence from either party has filed at this stage.

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