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A dad was Tasered by police on a petrol station forecourt in front of his screaming child after ‘obstructing’ two officers who pulled him over for speeding.

Shocking footage captured the moment NHS worker Ziggy Desmond Mombeyarara was detained by police.

He was taken down by a cop with a Taser after being clocked doing 72mph in a 30mph zone on May 6 last year.

Mombeyarara, 35, went on trial at Manchester Magistrates’ court following the incident and was found guilty of obstructing two police officers.

Prosecutors said officers repeatedly tried to conduct a roadside breath test, but Mombeyarara refused, keeping his arms folded and making “no real attempt” to cooperate.

As PC Anthony Hannan went to arrest him a ‘scuffle’ broke out, resulting in the Taser being withdrawn.

Mombeyarara ignored the requests to put his hands behind his back and walked round to the other side of his car, removed his screaming child and held him as he pushed back on PC Bielizna.

He eventually let go of the lad – shortly before being Tasered by PC Hannan.

Mombeyarara, from Trafford, had entered not guilty pleas to two offences of obstructing a police officer, driving whilst unfit through alcohol and a breach of the Covid lockdown rules.

He had already entered guilty pleas to offences of speeding and driving with no insurance.

Prosecutor Nick Smart told the court that at around 10.50pm officers spotted a blue BMW driving at speed along Chester Road, Stretford, and activated their blue lights.

As Mombeyarara came to a stop at the BP garage, PC Stephen Bielizna arrested him for speeding before both officers suggested he was drunk due to his ‘glazed eyes’, ‘slurred speech’ and being ‘unsteady on his feet’.

“The second officer, PC Hannan, spent a period of time questioning the defendant and asking him for a roadside breath test,” Mr Smart said.

“The defendant agreed but did say: “I’m asthmatic” and it was at that point matters took a turn for the worse.”

It was said that Mombeyarara gave ‘no real attempt to comply’ and became ‘more and more restrictive’ towards the officers, culminating in the Taser being drawn.

Giving evidence, PC Hannan said: “I told him to put his hands behind his back because of my concern regarding his behaviour.

“His immediate response was ‘No, I can’t, I’ve got a kid’.

“I got hold of one of his hands and he took hold of my hand and squeezed and I remember saying ‘do not, do not, do not take hold of me like that’.

“He then began thrashing his arms out and I tried to take hold of his hands which was unsuccessful.”

He added that the defendant was ‘puffing his chest out’, ‘clenching his fists’ and had his ‘teeth together’.

Mombeyarara was ultimately arrested and taken to the police station where he provided a sample of breath, the lowest reading was 36 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Mitigating, Rebecca Penfold said: “He has accepted he lied to the police at the scene and he didn’t engage with the breath test – does that give the police the right to deploy a firearm?”

After two hours and twenty minutes, District Judge Margaret McCormack found Mombeyarara guilty of obstructing the officers and he was handed an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £420 court costs.

His licence was endorsed and he was banned from driving for 56 days, but that was deemed served due to the intermediate ban imposed at the first court hearing.

He was found not guilty of driving whilst unfit through alcohol and the breach of the Covid lockdown.