The lawyers for four police officers charged after the death
of Brazilian student Roberto Curti have been told they may
have to "abandon" other cases in order to deal quickly with
the assault matter.
Mr Curti died in the early hours of March 18, 2012, in
Sydney's CBD following a chase and violent struggle with
Following an inquest into his death, four officers - Scott
James Edmondson, Chin Aun Lim, Daniel David Barling and
Damian John Ralph - were all charged in relation to the
alleged assault on Mr Curti.
Today, Downing Centre Local Court heard the officers would be
facing a four-week hearing on the matter, in which the
prosecution is expected to call 34 witnesses.
After the officers' legal representatives raised concerns as
to the timing of the hearing, Magistrate Jane Culver told
them they "may have to abandon" their other cases in order to
resolve the case, which she said had been "hanging around
"Clearly the stakes for your clients are high, as are the
stakes for the deceased's family," she told them.
She added that the matter was "very serious", and it involved
a high degree of public interest that needed to be resolved.
A coronial inquest into Mr Curti's death heard how the
21-year-old had an adverse reaction to LSD before he stole
biscuits from a convenience store.
During an ensuing struggle with police, who thought he was
armed, the student from Sao Paolo was tasered 14 times,
handcuffed, hit with capsicum spray and knelt on.
Edmondson, 33, has been charged with assault occasioning
actual bodily harm and common assault, while, Lim also 33,
has been charged with common assault.
Barling, 26, has been charged with assault occasioning actual
bodily harm and common assault.
Ralph, 29, has been charged with assault.
All four have pleaded not guilty.