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Michael* was only protecting his mate

Michael* was charged with serious assault. He had an intellectual disability and mental health issues that made him extremely vulnerable.

A lawyer from South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre helped to obtain witness statements and viewed CCTV footage of the incident.

The police rejected an initial submission that the charge be dropped – but after persistent negotiations, the police accepted that the security guard had improperly assaulted Michael’s friend and that Michael had acted reasonably to protect his friend.

The police subsequently dropped the charges against Michael.

*Not his real name

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