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Senior constable who Tasered great-grandmother charged by police



The NSW Police officer who allegedly Tasered a 95-year-old woman in an aged care facility has been charged by the Homicide Squad.

Senior Constable Kristian White, 33, is facing three charges including recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

He is due to appear in Cooma Local Court on July 5 after the incident at an aged care facility in Cooma last week, NSW Police said in a statement.

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"The officer remains suspended from duty with pay," NSW Police said.

"Investigations into the critical incident continue."

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb is expected to address the media shortly.

Claire Nowland, a resident of Yallambee Lodge in the Snowy Mountains, is receiving end-of-life care in hospital following the Tasering, which resulted in her falling and seriously injuring her head.

A critical incident investigation was launched and led by the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad after the incident.

White has about 12 years of experience as a police officer.

Police said last week the elderly resident, who was using a walking frame, was holding a serrated steak knife and "moving at a slow pace" when she was Tasered.

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Officers were called to Yallambee Lodge in Cooma after staff found Clare Nowland armed with a knife.

She was treated by staff and paramedics at the nursing home before being rushed to Cooma Base Hospital where she remains.

Police had faced criticism over their handling of the incident, with NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb defending the force's actions in the wake of the news breaking to media.

Nowland has eight children, 24 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, with four more expected this year.

More to come.

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