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Police nightclub shooting victim ‘can’t sleep at night’

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Zita Sukys says she still does not feel safe following the 2017 nightclub shooting. Photo: AAP
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A victim of the Victoria Police shooting at an erotic nightclub party has called the officers who fired on her and her then boyfriend “criminals”.

Zita Sukys was wounded when she and her then-partner Dale Ewins were sprayed with bullets while they were engaged in a sex act at the Inflation nightclub in Melbourne in July 2017.

Police say they were called to reports of a man with a gun, but Mr Ewins was carrying a $2 toy.

“I still can’t sleep at night,” Ms Sukys told The Age newspaper on Friday.

“A payout isn’t going to make me feel safe. The shooters are still out there and are criminals in my eyes.”

A Supreme Court trial accusing the state of Victoria of negligence and excessive force was settled this week. A reported $3 million payout will be divided between Mr Ewins, Ms Sukys and club owner Martha Tsamis.

Ms Sukys also received an official apology stating that she was an “innocent bystander who was injured through no fault of her own in the circumstances of the case”.

The case was settled just before Mr Ewins was to give evidence, meaning his version of events will stay secret.

Ms Tsamis said on Thursday that “maybe cool heads [had] prevailed”.

“As far as I’m concerned we’ve done nothing wrong and we were prepared to fight it all the way,” she said.

Victoria Police said on Thursday it would finally investigate the actions of its officers, none of whom have yet been reprimanded.

“The finding made in regards to this was that they (officers) acted in self-defence,” Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said on Thursday.

“We will now open up that investigation file again and look at all of the facts, if there is anything additional that may give cause to alter that, or review it.”

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Dale Ewins and Zita Sukys sued the state of Victoria after the 2017 nightclub shooting. Photo: Facebook

Mr Ewins has emphatically denied pointing the gun at police and CCTV footage of the heavily-armed officers swarming through the nightclub and opening fire is inconclusive.

Mr Ewins and Ms Sukys were dressed like punk icon Sid Vicious and a naughty schoolgirl at the nightclub’s Saints and Sinners party.

Mr Ewins was shot twice in the back, tasered three times, beaten and stomped on, while Ms Sukys was shot in the leg.

Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission slammed police for not investigating its officers.

“Victoria Police only investigated the conduct of the patrons involved in this incident, and not the actions and conduct of police officers,” IBAC Commissioner Robert Redlich QC said on Thursday.

Mr Patton said police were waiting for the civil lawsuit to finish before doing their own review, but Mr Redlich said that wasn’t an excuse.

“That was not an appropriate reason for not undertaking the necessary review,” Mr Redlich said.

-with AAP