A 32 year old man has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment following an incident in Aylesbury during which a rock was thrown at a police officer’s head.
On Tuesday 13th December 2016 the 32 year old man attended County Hall in Walton Street, Aylesbury where he threatened council staff, threatening to return with firearms. Officers were called to the incident at around midday. Two male officers attended and found the offender in the Waterside car park in Exchange Street.
As they approached, the offender picked up a rock and launched it towards one of the officers. The other officer present sprayed the offender with his Captor spray, however this was not effective and the offender attempted to grab hold of the spray to use on the police officers. The officer holding the spray did not release it so the offender placed his mouth around the officer’s middle finger and bit down on it.
The other officer intervened and while pulling the offender off the officer he was thrown to the ground and the offender punched the police officer in the face.
The officers restrained the offender and arrested him at the scene.
One of the officers sustained a laceration to the crown of his head which required hospital treatment, three puncture wounds to his left hand near his middle finger, and concussion.
The other officer sustained bruising to his face, arm and scratches to his arm, ear and forehead.
The 32 year old offender was charged in connection with the offences on Wednesday 14th December 2016.
On Monday 13th February 2017 he was convicted at Aylesbury Crown Court after pleading guilty to :
- One count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
- One count of common assault.
- One count of affray.
- One count of possession of an offensive weapon.
Sentencing took place on Monday 13th March 2017, also at Aylesbury Crown Court.
Investigating officer Det Con Gemma Howe, of Aylesbury Local CID, said: ‘The officers did extremely well in the difficult circumstances to arrest [the 32 year old man] when both had been injured by him and this was recognised by the judge in the case.‘
Supt Olly Wright, Local Police Area Commander for Aylesbury, said: ‘The officers involved were attending this incident to protect members of the public when they were confronted by [the 32 year old man’s] violent actions.
Despite both being injured by [the 32 year old man], they were able to safely resolve the situation and to detain him. This case is a reminder of the risks officers face serving the public while ensuring our communities in Aylesbury are kept safe.
Being assaulted should never be considered to be an occupational hazard of being a police officer and I’m proud of the actions of these two officers. The severity of the case has been reflected by the custodial sentence which [the 32 year old man] has received.‘