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Cop stabbed in line of duty speaks out about ‘toxic workplace’

Posted by on 18/07/2018

Senior Constable Luke Weiks after the attack. Photo: Facebook Senior Constable Weiks was put in a coma for five days after the attack. Photo: Facebook

A Queensland police officer who was stabbed in the neck while on duty three years ago has slammed his employer for allegedly failing to support him after the attack.

Senior Constable Luke Weiks was stabbed in the neck and had his throat cut while patrolling Santa Fe Nightclub in Townsville on December 14, 2013.

He returned to a desk job, despite claiming he wanted to return to operational duties, and on Wednesday took to Facebook to criticise his “toxic workplace”.

“They reject my claims requesting psychological help, and when I do/did ask they served me with paperwork to sack me two days later reason being “you’ve admitted to suffering from mental health issues”,” the post read.

“They have tried to get rid of me numerous times since this incident and offer no compensation.

“I’ve done nothing wrong and won’t be bullied into submission by management.”

Senior Constable Weiks also suffered a punctured lung, cuts to his hands during the attack and was put into a coma for five days.

He announced he was suing the state government and nightclub owners Manpel Pty Ltd over the incident in October.

In a statement of claim, Senior Constable Weiks’ lawyer David Taylor said the attacker, Andrew Max Wilson, a former bouncer at the nightclub, had assaulted another person earlier in the year and police had not banned him from the Drink Safe Precinct.

Mr Taylor said if correct procedure had been followed, Senior Constable Weiks would have approached Wilson with caution rather than mistaking him for an employee at the club and injuries could have been avoided.

Queensland Police was contacted for comment and were preparing a response.

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