A man who allegedly snatched a Taser from police and fired it at a cop during a dramatic train station arrest has faced court.
Jason McGoldrick, 50, appeared in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday, a day after the shocking incident at Yennora Train Station in Sydney’s south-west.
McGoldrick, from Kingsford, faces nine charges including allegedly assaulting two police officers, breaching an AVO and being in possession of prescription drugs.
Footage of his arrest was captured by shocked onlookers, allegedly after McGoldrick and his girlfriend failed to show valid Opal cards to two transit police officers.
As they were escorted off the train at Yennora, a violent scuffle broke out on the platform when the officers tried to arrest McGoldrick and wrestle him to the ground.
‘I just saw two cops hitting one guy, I think there was a lot of tasering going on, a lot of hitting… (then) I saw them escort him to the police van,’ witness Matthew Naamo told 9 News.
The video shows the man’s girlfriend, Blair Richards, watching on while screaming at the officers to stop.
Despite being pinned to the ground, the man manages to grab an officer’s taser and fires it at his colleague, who yells in pain and falls back on the pavement.
Police alleged the taser was fired four times before the man was disarmed.
One of the officers then pulls out a baton and hits the man a number of times as they wait for back-up to arrive.
Police alleged in court that the pair were unable to produce valid Opal cards and that McGoldrick was also in breach of an apprehended violence order.
A 52-year-old male sergeant sustained a minor wrist injury during the alleged incident while a 29-year-old senior constable was uninjured.
McGoldrick didn’t apply for bail during Saturday’s hearing and the matter has been adjourned until next week.