A policeman accused of assaulting a prisoner in a Sydney police station dock last year has told a magistrate he felt threatened by the man and thought he was about to be attacked by him.
Leading Senior Constable Shaun William Moylan said the man had been yelling obscenities, and "as a courtesy" he decided to open the locked door to speak to him and calm him down.
Moylan, 41, was giving evidence on Tuesday in the Downing Centre Local Court where he is accused of assaulting Mark Adamski occasioning him actual bodily harm last April.
The constable, currently suspended, said he was in the custody room of the Dee Why station, helping a colleague with paperwork when Mr Adamski continued to yell obscenities and complain about how long he had been in custody.
Moylan said he told him to shut up and when he didn't he decided to go into the locked dock as a matter of courtesy to calm him down, an approach that had worked in the past with other people.
But Mr Adamski had clenched his fists, raised them and said: "I will f***ing have you", Moylan said.
"I immediately felt threatened, I thought Mr Adamski was going to attack me," he said.
The hearing is continuing.
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