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Little sympathy for beauty queen hurt in drug raid

THE FRASER Coast was yesterday feeling little sympathy for a former beauty queen who claimed a flash grenade used by police during a drug raid at Susan River left her with serious injuries.

Felicia Djamirze, 28, was left with injuries to her hand and may lose sight in one of her eyes after police used the grenade during a raid on the property earlier this month.

Pictures of her in the aftermath were splashed across national media yesterday.

READ MORE: Beauty queen's face 'blown up' in Hervey Bay raid

The Chronicle understands that Ms Djamirze, a former Miss Australia International winner, may have picked up the grenade after police threw it into the home.

Neither Ms Djamirze or her lawyer Chris Ford returned calls and attempts at contact by the paper yesterday.

Police allege they found 2kg of ice and a number of firearms, including a loaded pistol, at the property during the raid.

Ms Djamirze, her fiancé Dean Grant O'Donnell and his brother Narayan Rodwell were all charged with drug trafficking.

O'Donnell and Rodwell will face court again on April 14 while Ms Djamirze is set to appear in court on March 3.

Ms Djamirze's plight did not garner much sympathy from the Chronicle's Facebook readers, who said police had acted appropriately.

"Absolutely (flash grenades) are designed to give a bright flash to stun the intended target to hopefully avoid a gun fight," Robert Reakes wrote.

Darren Robinson said he thought it was a proper use of force.

"Very much appropriate in a high risk entry and if it is such high risk," he said.

Mr Ford, on behalf of his client, told the Brisbane newspaper Courier Mail that police "rode in like cowboys" and accused them of almost killing Ms Djamirze.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said police did not comment on specialist equipment for operational reasons.

"The Queensland Police Service (QPS) conducts detailed risk and threat assessments prior to the execution of any search warrant to determine the most appropriate level of resourcing required to minimise risk to everyone, assist with officer safety and help ensure successful outcomes," he said.

Topics:  drugs police raid



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