A man who assaulted a Leicestershire police officer by biting him and striking him over the head, whilst evading arrest, has been jailed for the attack.
Nico Romans, 30, was jailed for two years and three months for the attack in Loughborough, after pleading guilty to actual bodily harm and possession of cannabis.
The incident unfolded when two officers attended a call at a property in South Street, where they attempted to arrest Romans. During the arrest the 30-year-old became violent, kicking and head-butting doors, before trying to force them open so he could escape.
However, DC Nick Parsons took hold of Romans’ arm in an attempt to keep him in the building. Romans responded By punching 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.
DC Parsons was left with nerve damage in his left arm after the assault.
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 on the police officer.
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 OK 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.”