Three police officers caught on video bashing a man during a welfare check in 2017 have escaped conviction, instead facing fines for the attack on the man at his home in Preston.
Officers John Edney, 30, Florian Hilgart, 42, and Brad McLeod, 35, were found guilty of assault last week and have each agreed to a good behaviour bond for 12 months.
In a brief sentencing hearing at Heidelberg Magistrates Court this morning, Magistrate Cathy Lamble said they had breached trust in their role as police officers.
“They committed crimes that they are trusted by the community to detect and control,” Magistrate Lamble said.
All of the men have been spared conviction which means they will not automatically be expelled from Victoria Police.
McLeod — dubbed the main offender by Magistrate Lamble — has been sentenced to a 12-month adjourned undertaking and a $3,500 fine. An adjourned undertaking is a good behaviour bond.
Hilgart and Edney were both sentenced to a 12-month adjourned undertaking and fined $1,000 each.
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