A former boxer has been found guilty of using a samurai sword to slice open the head of a police officer, in a forceful and deliberate blow a court heard was intended to kill.
Milos Radovic, 46, was convicted of attempting to murder Senior Constable Andrew Swift outside the home of his ex-wife and three children in the southern Perth suburb of Rockingham on July 19, 2017.
Senior Constable Swift and another officer had been called to the scene after a report of a disturbance involving Radovic, who was the subject of a violence restraining order taken out by his wife.
In his evidence, Senior Constable Swift said when he arrived, Radovic was walking towards him holding something above his head.
He said he discharged his taser when he saw Radovic had a sword, but it was ineffective in stopping the attack.
Senior Constable Swift said Radovic continued to come towards him and brought the sword down towards him in “a chopping motion — akin to someone chopping logs”.
The samurai sword on the ground at the scene of the incident in Rockingham. (Supplied: Supreme Court of WA)
He said he felt pain on the top of his head and his vision went black for a moment, before he took hold of Radovic and tasered him again.
They wrestled on the ground before he was subdued.
Radovic was later found to also have a knife on him.
Senior Constable Swift said he was off work for about one month due to his injuries, before he returned to light duties.
State Prosecutor Justin Whalley described the blow as forceful and deliberate, and said Radovic intended to kill.
The court heard that Radovic had been heard saying “I want to kill you all”.
Radovic couldn’t control his body: defence
Defence lawyer Helen Prince said it was her client’s case that he had not intended to kill the officer.
Ms Prince said Radovic was angry not at the police, but at members of his wife’s family, and that he struck Senior Constable Swift as a result of having “a muscle spasm” after being tasered.
“He was not in any position to control his body actions, let alone the sword,” Ms Prince said.
Giving evidence in his defence, Radovic said the injury he caused was accidental.
Standing in the dock and moving his arms, he claimed the taser caused him to move in a “flow motion”, from holding the sword with the blade down to holding the weapon in front with two hands.
He told the court that Senior Constable Swift “clashed into the sword” and knocked it out of his hands.
Constable Andrew Swift was treated in hospital after being struck with the sword. (Supplied: WA Police)
Radovic said “it happened so fast” and he did not intend to hurt Senior Constable Swift.
He also told the court he had the sword with him because he wanted to speak to men who he believed had guns.
When Mr Whalley asked him if he thought he might deflect bullets with his “magic sword”, Radovic said “maybe”, before saying “I’m not a superhero”.
“Everything went wrong, pear-shaped,” he told the court. “I screwed up.”
In his summing up, Mr Whalley told the jury that five witnesses had seen Radovic holding the sword with his hands behind his head, and the blow was not the result of “unwilled contact”.
He said Radovic was prevented from continuing his attack by the actions of Senior Constable Swift.