Perth, Australia -
Two WA police officers have been given suspended jail terms for assaulting a detainee at the Perth watch house by repeatedly tasering him.
Aaron Strahan and Troy Tomlin, who were senior constables at the time, were found guilty of assaulting Kevin Spratt in August 2008.
The men maintained they tasered Mr Spratt because he was violent and they believed he was going to attack them and their colleagues.
But Magistrate Richard Bromfield found there was no lawful excuse for their actions.
He accepted that both men were of exemplary character but said they had a duty of care to the detainee and had made a gross error of judgement.
"No reasonable person could view the footage without being disturbed by the images contained therein," Mr Bromfield said.