Sydney icon Danny Lim to be represented for free by high-profile lawyer

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Danny Lim has been released from hospital but is still “very damaged” after his arrest, said Chris Murphy, a prominent Sydney criminal barrister.

In an update shared on Twitter on Thursday morning, Mr Murphy revealed the 79-year-old had been released from hospital with a plan for ‘continued monitoring’.

“Thank you to the staff at St Vincent’s Darlinghurst for the caring care,” he said.

“Thank you to the community for your love and support, I hope to get our happy icon back with her smiles and signs.”

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Camera iconDanny Lim is discharged from hospital. Twitter Credit: NCA NewsWire

Mr Lim is still unable to speak and suffered a brain haemorrhage after being knocked to the ground during a police arrest.

Footage of the arrest taken by a passerby shows Mr Lim calling for help as he struggled against two officers who grabbed him by each arm.

Footage shows he is then thrown head-first into the ground before the two officers handcuff him.

On Wednesday evening, Mr Murphy said he would provide his ‘full commitment to legal proceedings’ at no cost to Mr Lim. Mr. Lim has not been charged.

This is the second time Murphy Lawyers has represented Mr Lim after he was violently arrested in 2019 for carrying a sign that read “SMILE CVN’T! WHY NOT CVN? “.

Magistrate Jacqueline Milledge ruled in her favor at the time, saying the “police action was brutal and unnecessary”.

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Camera iconA video of the arrest has been released. Provided Credit: Provided

Mr Murphy said Mr Lim was ‘very damaged’ after the incident, having suffered a number of injuries including a brain haemorrhage and a black eye.

“Bleeding in the brain appeared during the first scan and the doctors are monitoring to see how it goes overnight,” he said of Mr Lim on Twitter while sharing a photo of his injuries. .

“It can get better or worse. A neurosurgeon will make decisions in the morning.

NSW Police are now treating the incident as a complaint and looking into it internally rather than conducting an independent review of the assault.

‘If NSW Police think they will investigate themselves and bury the case for the violent attack on the totally innocent Danny Lim, witnessed by alarmed citizens, they may think again,’ Ms. Murphy on Twitter.

Mr. Lim's head hit the concrete during the arrest.  Photo: Chris Murphy
Camera iconMr. Lim’s head hit the concrete during the arrest. Chris Murphy Credit: Provided
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Camera iconMr. Lim carrying the same sign around the CBD. NCA NewsWire/Damian Shaw Credit: News Corp Australia

NSW Greens MP Sue Higginson has written to the Commissioner of Police asking for the incident to be independently investigated.

“This type of violent arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere. It is so important to have independent oversight of police operations to ensure that this type of violence is properly investigated and prosecuted if a crime has been committed,” Ms Higginson said.

“The types of injuries that can be sustained during violent arrests can be permanently debilitating or even fatal.

“In 2019/20, NSW Police faced 298 civil suits alleging a variety of actions including assault, battery, unlawful imprisonment and malicious prosecution. That’s more than one every weekday of the year.

Mr Murphy said Mr Lim was in a ‘poor condition’ awaiting a ‘new brain scan’.

A GoFundMe set up on Tuesday night smashed its goal, raising nearly $15,000 for the “beloved” man.

“Danny is a beloved member of the community and brings smiles to everyone he meets,” said fundraiser Kirsty Mac.

“Danny is going to need a long time to recover. Let’s show Danny how much he is loved and help him get well.

Police said security called officers to the Queen Victoria Building around 11 a.m. Tuesday after the 78-year-old allegedly failed to leave the building when they asked.

“Police will allege the man was then given a direction by officers and failed to comply,” a spokesperson said.

Police will conduct an internal review of the incident.  Chris Murphy
Camera iconPolice will conduct an internal review of the incident. Chris Murphy Credit: Provided

“The man’s arrest was halted after he struggled with police and sustained a cheekbone injury.”

He was treated on the spot by paramedics who then took him to Saint-Vincent Hospital.

New South Wales Police said investigations into the arrest were continuing after officers from Sydney Area Command reviewed body-worn video of the incident.

“While investigations into the incident continue, an independent review has been launched which will examine police actions during the incident,” a spokesperson said.

Mr. Lim was wearing one of his trademark signs during the arrest which read “SMILE HUNDRED! WHY ONE HUNDRED? on the one hand.

He is well known for carrying the sandwich panels around Sydney, some featuring the term ‘CENT’ as a replacement word for ‘C***’.

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