Shane Simpson jailed for punching police officer unconcious in Totton

Daily Echo: Man jailed for assault on police officer Man jailed for assault on police officer

A TOTTON man has been jailed for ten months after punching a police officer unconscious as he was about to be arrested.

Ten officers including acting police sergeant Philip Price and a dog handler converged on the home of Shane Simpson late at night, armed with a warrant for an alleged breach of a nonmolestation order.

Simpson, under the influence of drink and cocaine, fled but was confronted in a narrow alleyway by Sgt Price who had his arms outstretched and his palms open. But Simpson punched him in the face, fracturing his nose and causing him to fall onto a road where he lost consciousness.

Prosecutor Matthew Lawson said he was taken to hospital for treatment where he received five stitches for the injury which would leave a permanent scar.

Colleagues eventually restrained Simpson.

In an impact statement, Sgt Price described how he felt severe pain from the blow with blood pouring from his nose. “I have been a police officer for ten years and I have never had this level of violence directed at me.”

Simpson, 37, of Arundel Road, Totton, admitted causing actual bodily harm.

In mitigation, Zoe Van Ben Bosch said it was not a sustained attacked and the assault consisted of one blow. Drink and drugs were at the root of his behaviour but he was motivated to change and was remorseful for what he had done.

The alleged breach of the order was dropped, she added.

Recorder Nigel Lickley QC said it was a serious assault on an officer who was doing his duty and it had caused him pain and injury.

“In my judgement, only an immediate prison sentence is appropriate,” he said.

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9:10pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Huey says...

Sounds like the copper needs some boxing lessons
Sounds like the copper needs some boxing lessons Huey

9:16pm Fri 10 Jan 14

jackois says...

you have to love the way there's always a mitigation....

drink & drugs, not a sustained attack...

I think it says it all that 10 officers & a dog were sent to carry out the warrant.
you have to love the way there's always a mitigation.... drink & drugs, not a sustained attack... I think it says it all that 10 officers & a dog were sent to carry out the warrant. jackois

8:23am Sat 11 Jan 14

fraggled says...

This is one very violent individual who is permanently in an aggravated state and is always up for a scrap. On the plus side, he does like to keep his hair nice and neat. As for the report, I wish people would reserve comments about the actions of the police until such time as they have all the relevant information. The number of Officers and type of resources sent to do a job is very much dependant on previous history, intelligence, location, known associates and the current requirement to be arrested.
This is one very violent individual who is permanently in an aggravated state and is always up for a scrap. On the plus side, he does like to keep his hair nice and neat. As for the report, I wish people would reserve comments about the actions of the police until such time as they have all the relevant information. The number of Officers and type of resources sent to do a job is very much dependant on previous history, intelligence, location, known associates and the current requirement to be arrested. fraggled

10:40am Sat 11 Jan 14

camerajuan says...

10 months is not long enough for that! How can anyone blame what he was taking rather than himself?! He took them before his mind was affected by them!
10 months is not long enough for that! How can anyone blame what he was taking rather than himself?! He took them before his mind was affected by them! camerajuan

8:54pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Niel says...

" In an impact statement, Sgt Price described how he felt severe pain from the blow with blood pouring from his nose. “I have been a police officer for ten years and I have never had this level of violence directed at me.” "
Great just the kind of statement that attracts Northern coppers looking for an easy life, as they transfer in as 'established' officers they can be as thick as, unlike those that join locally as Hampshire has/had some of the highest qualification requirements of any Police 'service' in the country...
" In an impact statement, Sgt Price described how he felt severe pain from the blow with blood pouring from his nose. “I have been a police officer for ten years and I have never had this level of violence directed at me.” " Great just the kind of statement that attracts Northern coppers looking for an easy life, as they transfer in as 'established' officers they can be as thick as, unlike those that join locally as Hampshire has/had some of the highest qualification requirements of any Police 'service' in the country... Niel

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