Fremantle: Police officer pleads not guilty to assault over taser incident

Senior Constable Keenan James outside of Fremantle Magistrates Court with his defence lawyer. Picture: Leah Roberts.
Senior Constable Keenan James outside of Fremantle Magistrates Court with his defence lawyer. Picture: Leah Roberts.

A POLICE officer has pleaded not guilty to two charges of common assault stemming from an incident in March 2017.

Senior Constable Keenan Grantley James appeared in the Fremantle Magistrates Court this morning.

He entered his plea and will reappear in court on October 29 for a committal mention, where a date for a trial is expected to be set.

The trial is expected to last two to three days.

A still image of Senior Constable Keenan James taken from a video of the incident.

Snr Const James (46) was stood aside from operational duties before being charged by the Internal Affairs Unit.

The charges followed a Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) investigation into the 2017 incident, in which the CCC found one of the officer’s actions to be unlawful.

The CCC report also raised concerns about the police investigation, saying it was “inadequate”.

A police union representative was also in court for the hearing.