False leg hid a stash of drugs and cash
AMAN who bit a police officer in Southport was later found to have Class A drugs hidden inside his false leg.
Christopher Lowcock bit into the arm of Detective Constable Ian Parker after brandishing a kitchen knife.
The 35-year-old was arrested, searched at Copy Lane Police Station in Netherton and moved to HMP Altcourse the next day.
But when guards at the Fazakerley prison checked his prosthetic limb, they discovered heroin and cocaine worth £1,700 on the streets and £1,000 in cash.
Lowcock has previously fooled G4S staff into fitting an electronic tag on the false leg – before removing it so he could break a home curfew.
The drug addict made national headlines when two security workers duped by his heavily bandaged fake limb were sacked in August 2011.
On Tuesday, Liverpool Crown Court heard that Lowcock, of August Road, Tuebrook, was in a car on Water Lane, Southport on May 9 last year.
Frank Dillon, prosecuting, said he violently opened the door of the silver Renault Clio, striking a passing van, at around 9.30am.
The driver Christopher O’Gorman went to speak to Lowcock, but his 16-year-old son spotted he had a knife, so they rang police.
DC Parker found Lowcock lying under the Clio – with his head towards the road – who produced the “large carving knife”.
The court heard he eventually agreed to put the weapon down, but the officer then spotted a hammer nearby.
DC Parker ran at Lowcock and shoulder-charged him, but as they struggled on the ground, an unknown man hit Lowcock with a spade.
The officer tried to stop the man attacking Lowcock, before he suddenly felt his left forearm being bitten.
Mr Dillon said: “DC Parker punched Lowcock in the face as hard as he could until he let go.” His arm was bleeding and he was taken to hospital, where the wound was treated and he was given a hepatitis booster.
Prison guards later found 30 wraps of heroin, three wraps of crack cocaine and unbagged cocaine inside Lowcock’s false leg.
He admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, possession of a blade and three counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. Oliver Jarvis, defending, said his client struggled with drug addiction and his disability, which would make his time in prison difficult.
Jailing him for five years, Judge Clem- ent Goldstone, QC, said: “False legs are to walk on. You chose to use your false leg not simply to walk on but as a means of concealing Class A drugs.
“I take account of the fact a prison sentence for someone of your disability won’t be easy.
“I hope on your release you can overcome your drug habit and put your life to some use.
“If you do not, the sentences, whatever your disability, will get longer and longer.”
The court heard that Lowcock lost his left leg in a motorbike crash in 2004.
His mother and father died in a motorbike crash in Gisburn, Lancashire in 2010.
He was handed a home curfew for driving and drug offences and possessing an offensive weapon in 2011, but fooled G4S workers on two visits to his Rochdale home.
When bosses finally became suspicious, Lowcock had already been arrested and was back in custody for driving while disqualified, for which he was jailed for eight months.
HM Prison Altcourse was where guards found drugs and cash in Christopher Lowcock’s prosthetic limb