Man evad­ing ar­rest bit and punched po­lice­man

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

A 30-year-old who tried to evade ar­rest in Lough­bor­ough by as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer has been jailed for two years and three months at Le­ices­ter Crown Court.

Nico Ro­mans, of no fixed ad­dress, ap­peared at Le­ices­ter Mag­is­trates’ Court on two oc­ca­sions ear­lier this year and pleaded guilty to ac­tual bod­ily harm and pos­ses­sion of the con­trolled sub­stance, cannabis.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Au­gust 1, 2017, at an ad­dress in South Street, Lough­bor­ough, when two of­fi­cers at­tended.

To avoid ar­rest, Ro­mans, be­came vi­o­lent, kick­ing and head-butting doors, be­fore try- ing to force them open so he could es­cape.

But, DC Nick Par­sons took hold of his left arm in an at­tempt to keep him in the build­ing. Ro­mans, still try­ing to get away, then punched DC Par­sons in the face.

The other of­fi­cer used his ba­ton and Cap­tor spray in an at­tempt to sub­due Ro­mans, with lit­tle ef­fect.

DC Par­sons still had hold of Ro­mans, and was be­ing struck over and over again by him, as he tried to loosen the of­fi­cer’s grip.

Ro­mans then bit DC Par­sons’ left hand, forc­ing him to let go be­cause of the pain. The de­fen­dant then ran off into Lough­bor­ough town cen­tre, and out of sight, de­spite of­fi­cers giv­ing chase.

Fol­low­ing med­i­cal treat­ment, it was dis­cov­ered that he had some dam­age to nerves in his left arm.

Dur­ing the strug­gle, an amount of what was found to be cannabis fell from Ro­mans’ pocket.

Ro­mans was sub­se­quently ar­rested for other of­fences ear­lier this year and was in­ter­viewed in re­la­tion to this as­sault.

DC Par­sons said: “I am pleased that Ro­mans will be serv­ing a jail sen­tence for the as­sault, which hap­pened as I was go­ing about my nor­mal du­ties as a po­lice of­fi­cer. It’s not some­thing that you ex­pect to hap­pen when you go to work each day; it’s not part of the job and won’t be tol­er­ated.”

Tiff Lynch, chair of Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion, has also wel­comed the sen­tence.

She said: “This was a vi­cious at­tack on a po­lice of­fi­cer who was car­ry­ing out his du­ties and serv­ing the pub­lic. For far too long now, po­lice of­fi­cers – and other emer­gency ser­vice work­ers – have been sub­ject to as­saults sim­ply for do­ing their jobs and the courts have seem­ingly handed down quite le­nient sen­tences in so many cases.

“These sen­tences nei­ther suit­ably pun­ished the of­fender nor acted as any kind of de­ter­rent to oth­ers who might think it’s okay to at­tack the po­lice. But they also served to make po­lice of­fi­cers feel as­saults on them were taken less se­ri­ously than those on a mem­ber of the pub­lic.

“That should never be the case. An at­tack on a po­lice of­fi­cer should be seen as an at­tack on so­ci­ety and I am pleased that the courts, in this case, have handed down a sen­tence that re­flects the grav­ity of this as­sault.”

Le­ices­ter­shire Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion has been an ac­tive sup­porter of the Fed­er­a­tion’s na­tion­wide Pro­tect the Pro­tec­tors cam­paign which calls for tougher sen­tences for those who at­tack po­lice of­fi­cers, po­lice staff and other emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel. An as­saults bill is cur­rently work­ing its way through Par­lia­ment to give them bet­ter pro­tec­tion in leg­is­la­tion.

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