Toronto

Officer avoids jail in Taser case

A Toronto police officer has avoided jail time for threatening a handcuffed suspect with a Taser.

A Toronto police officer has avoided jail time for threatening a handcuffed suspect with a Taser.

A Toronto police officer received a conditional discharge and was ordered to perform community service after he threatened to taser a robbery suspect. ((CBC))

Christopher Hominuk received a conditional discharge and was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

Hominuk pleaded guilty to one count of threatening bodily harm in February 2011.

In May 2010, the 38-year-old officer was captured by his cruiser's on board camera hitting a burglary suspect, pressing a taser into the man's groin and threatening to shock him.

Moments later he is seen threatening to shock a second suspect, this time pressing the taser into the suspect's neck.

The incidents may never have come to light, court was told, had it not been for Hominuk's supervisor, who happened to review the camera's contents by chance days later and launched an investigation.

Hominuk's lawyers maintained the officer was a victim of hypoglycemia and that the diabetic reaction was responsible for the officer's  behaviour.

"He's an exemplary officer, the trial judge found that," said defence lawyer Lawrence Gridin. "We're also pleased the trial judge accepted the extensive medical evidence we presented."

With the conditional discharge, Hominuk will not have to go to jail nor will he have a criminal record.

Justice Hugh Fraser noted Hominuk was over-tired, and had missed a meal that day causing his blood sugar to drop.

"This is a special circumstance case," he said. "I've never read about anything that comes close to it."

With files from The Canadian Press