A man has been jailed for attempting to throw a police officer off a third floor balcony in Oadby.
Aaron Edward Naylor, 29, was jailed for eleven months by a judge at Leicester Magistrates Court yesterday (15 January).
Naylor pleaded guilty to three counts of assault, two of which were against police officers.
The incident happened in the early hours of Thursday 27 December 2018, after police were called to a report of an assault at a block of flats in Churchill Close.
When the two officers arrived at the flat, they witnessed Naylor assaulting the occupant of the address. The two officers attempted to restrain him, however, Naylor then charged towards them and grabbed one of the officers, pushing him towards the edge of the flat’s balcony.
The police officer was left hanging over the railings but was helped by his colleague who managed to grab Naylor from behind and pull them both to safety.
Naylor continued to resist arrest and attempted to bite and kick the other officer at the scene. He was subsequently restrained and arrested.
Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “These officers were going about their daily duties, protecting the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”
“It is thanks to the fast actions of one of the officers that this incident didn’t have a very different and tragic ending and for that I am extremely grateful.”
“Any level of violence against officers, or any emergency service worker, is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The force takes assaults of this nature very seriously and will work closely with the courts to bring those responsible to justice.”
Naylor was sentenced to a total of 48 weeks imprisonment. This includes a 36 week prison sentence for assaulting the officers and a further 12 weeks for an unrelated incident in August 2018, where he was given a suspended sentence.