Former US officer who shot Justine Ruszczyk appeals conviction

The former US police officer who shot and killed Australian woman Justine Damond Ruszczyk two years ago has lodged an appeal against his convictions.

Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in a Minneapolis court in April.

He was sentenced to more than 12 years in jail, however his lawyers have now filed an appeal citing four issues including “prosecutorial misconduct”.


“The issue on appeal is whether the district court erred by limiting Mr Noor’s right to present a complete defence, allowing the State of Minnesota to engage in prosecutorial misconduct, improperly instructing the jury on murder in the third degree and allowing charges to go to the jury which were not supported by probable cause,” Noor’s lawyers wrote.

The 33-year-old former Minneapolis police officer fatally shot Ms Damond Ruszczyk as she approached his patrol car in the alley behind her home in July 2017.

The 40-year-old Sydney woman, who had moved to the US to live with her American fiance, had phoned 911 after hearing what she feared was a sexual assault.

It comes after Noor was moved to a facility outside of Minnesota last week following concerns for his safety.