A police officer who was hit over the head with a samurai sword says his attacker came at him with the weapon like a person who was chopping logs.
Sen. Const. Andrew Swift was trying to arrest Milos Radovic on suspicion of breaching a violence restraining order in July last year when the father-of-three hit him with a sword.
Giving evidence in the Supreme Court, Sen. Const. Swift described the moment his head was split down to the bone on a Rockingham street.
He said Mr Radovic held the sword above his head as if it was an axe and brought it down in a motion that was akin to someone chopping logs.
Sen. Const. Swift said he felt severe pain and briefly blacked out after the “very hard” blow.
“(It) caused me to be disorientated and black out for a split second,” he said.
Mr Radovic claims he was experiencing muscle spasm after being tasered and was not in control of the sword when he hit the officer.
He has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder.
Sen. Const. Swift gave evidence he thought Mr Radovic was holding a baseball bat when the “very angry” accused man started walking towards him with the weapon raised.
He told the court he fired his taser at Mr Radovic when he realised he was holding a sword but said the initial shot appeared to have no effect.
Sen. Const. Swift said he tasered Mr Radovic in the ribs and neck after the blow to his head and managed to overpower the accused with the help of his partner.
He said he found a knife tucked inside Mr Radovic’s boot when he searched him.
Under cross-examination, Sen. Const. Swift denied tasering Mr Radovic in the neck when they were both standing up.
Asked whether it was possible he was mistaken because of his head injuries, he said: “I did suffer the injuries and I am certain of the time I tasered him in the neck”.
Sen. Const. Swift was off work for a month after the incident and returned to light duties until his injuries fully healed.
The samurai sword was tendered as evidence today and was passed around the jury box in a sealed tube so each juror could inspect it.
The jurors were also shown a video of Mr Radovic manoeuvring the sword and holding the blade in front of a camera, which was filmed before the attack.
The trial continues.