Doctor sues for $180k over ‘humiliation’ of arrest

 

A doctor who claims he was embarrassed in front of family and neighbours when he was arrested in 2017, is suing the State of Queensland for over $180,000 for alleged false imprisonment and assault and battery.

Sunday Joseph Ofili's Brisbane District Court claim says he missed a flight to attend his mother's funeral overseas because he was detained for almost three hours on October 20, 2017.

Police had gone to Dr Ofili's home at Narangba north of Brisbane at 5pm to investigate an alleged domestic violence offence, the claim says.

Dr Ofili allowed two officers to enter the home, but 10 minutes later, after he asked them to leave, he was detained.

The officers arrested Dr Ofili for obstructing police, he was handcuffed and given a pat-down search on the street, in front of his children, their friends and his neighbours, the claim says.

Dr Ofili claims he was taken to Caboolture watch-house, where he was stripped of his outer jacket and put in an outer cell.

He claims his request for a blanket, because he was cold, was refused and an officer increased the airconditioning to his cell.

Dr Ofili alleges when he complained that it was "torture'', the officer told him he was kidding himself if he thought he would get evidence of it.

He claims the officer said words "in substance and effect" that domestic violence was ingrained in his culture.

Dr Ofili's claim says the officer asked where he was from, and when he said he was British, the officer told him: "You are not supposed to be cold if you are British."

He claims the officer then escorted him to an inner cell by pulling his handcuffed hands, causing him to walk backwards.

Dr Ofili claims when he complained that his shoulder was sore and arms were twisted while handcuffs were being applied, the officer told him he was soft.

He alleges he was then given an "aggressive'' third pat-down search, transferred to an inner cell and charged with obstructing a police officer and contravening a direction or requirement.

His claim says on June 12, 2018, he was found not guilty of the second charge and on March 8, 2019, he was found not guilty of obstructing police.

Dr Ofili's claim alleges the detention and arrest were unlawful and he was unlawfully imprisoned and subjected to assault and battery.

The claim says because Dr Ofili missed his flight to attend his mother's funeral overseas, he had to pay Qantas $487 to change his booking.

Part of his damages claim is to compensate for the "distress, embarrassment and reputational damage'' caused by his arrest in front of family, friends, neighbours and a pastor.

Dr Ofili is claiming $120,487 in damages for alleged false imprisonment and $60,000 for alleged assault and battery. The State Government is yet to respond.

 

 

 

Originally published as Doctor sues for $180k over 'humiliation' of arrest



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