/Queensland man found not guilty of trying to kill police officer

Queensland man found not guilty of trying to kill police officer

Updated

May 09, 2019 16:46:29

A man Queensland police shot through the scrotum during a shootout in an underground carpark has been found not guilty of attempted murder.

Daniel White-Mayne admitted to pulling a gun out of a bag while he was being arrested on suspicion of stolen goods, but denied he was intending to kill a female officer during the January 2017 incident on the Gold Coast.

A Supreme Court jury in Brisbane deliberated for about a day before returning a not guilty verdict on the charge.

It decided however to convict White-Mayne of attempted striking to resist arrest.

During the trial, jurors were shown bodycam of the incident, captured by the officer’s colleague.

The female constable, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, testified White-Mayne pointed a gun directly at her after a struggle during his arrest.

“It was held in a position that was ready to fire … it looked like he had his finger around the trigger,” she told the court.

The court heard the constable fired up to four times at White-Mayne before her gun jammed and she turned to run.

“I heard a shot and felt pain … I kept going but I believed that I had been shot in the leg,” she said.

The officer testified she fell to the ground and felt “paralysed” before she eventually got up.

“After I screamed, I heard the male person say something — words to the effect of, ‘you’re going to cop this, you dog c***, you’re going to die’,” she said.

“It was a death threat — I thought I was going to die.”

During the evidence it was unclear if a projectile caused her injuries.

White-Mayne was shot three times in the carpark and suffered wounds to his thigh, foot and scrotum.

Defence barrister Angus Edwards told jurors his client was “no angel” but that he never intended to kill the officer.

The court heard White-Mayne told police he was trying to “scare” the officers so he could get away.

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First posted

May 09, 2019 15:50:19