Published 12th June 2024

Donald Burgess family statement in response to officers’ assault charges

The family of Donald Burgess have released a statement in response to two Sussex Police officers being charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) in connection with their use of force on the 93 year old in a care home in St Leonards-on-Sea on 21 June 2022.

The charges brought against PC Stephen Smith and PC Rachel Comotto relate to the use of a Taser, PAVA spray and a baton on Mr Burgess. The officers are due to stand trial on 19 May 2025 at Southwark Crown Court.

Niamh McLoughlin and Michael Oswald act for the family of Donald Burgess.

Read the statement released by Donald’s family here.

See media coverage here and here.

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