Former beauty queen, 30, sues government after flash grenades melted the skin off her face during police drugs raid
- Felicia D’Jamirze said she received burns to her face and hand during police raid
- Officers were hunting her fiance when they stormed Susan River home in 2016
- A flash grenade exploded nearby the former beauty pageant queen
- D’Jamirze has changed her name to Felitciana Zsha’Mirzzee
Felicia D’Jamirze, now named Felitciana Zsha’Mirzzee, is suing the Queensland government for burning her face and hand
A former beauty queen is suing the Queensland government after her face was burned during a drug raid in 2016.
Felicia D’Jamirze, who has changed her name to Felitciana Zsha’Mirzzee, was sleeping inside her then-fiance’s home near Hervey Bay when police stormed in, using flash grenades to stun the occupants.
At the time, she claimed she had suffered horrific burns to her hand and her face, and The Gold Coast Bulletin reports she is now alleging the police caused her psychological and physical injuries.
Officers were chasing Zsha’Mirzzee’s then-fiance, 37-year-old Dean Grant O’Donnell, when they stormed the property.
Two kilograms of methamphetamine was found during the raid, along with a ‘pump action shotgun’, a hand gun and a silencer, and was jailed.
Zsha’Mirzzee later pleaded guilty to supplying ice.
During her sentencing, the court heard the 30-year-old’s right hand may have required amputation due to a lack of blood flow, and that she had lost strength in it.
Zsha’Mirzzee also claimed she was suffering with a ‘residual imperfection’ in her cornea and was concerned she would go blind.
The former beauty queen claims her face and hands were badly burnt during a police raid in February 2016 (pictured right before the raid and left after the raid)
Zsha’Mirzzee said she ‘thought she was on fire’ at the time police deployed a flash grenade near her, and is suing for ongoing damages (pictured in hospital in 2016)
She told A Current Affair at the time: ‘I could feel this side of my face was burning. I thought I was on fire’.
‘I felt like my hair was on fire and I was scared that another one was going to hit me and I was screaming out ‘Please stop, I’m hurt’,’ she said.
In February 2016, lawyer Chris Ford, who represented Zsha’Mirzzee, told Daily Mail Australia police treated the raid like a ‘military operation,’ which was ‘entirely unnecessary’.
‘There was a high level of both physical and electronic surveillance. The police must have known my client was sleeping in a confined area when they tossed the stun grenade into her bedroom,’ he said at the time.
Zsha’Mirzzee has not specified an amount she is requesting in damages, but it is understood she could ask for up to $1million.
Police were hunting Zsha’Mirzzee’s then-fiance, who was jailed after the raid uncovered weapons and two kilograms of ice
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