Man jailed for attacking police officer - Hemel Hempstead

22/12/2015

A drunken teenager, who attacked a young woman police officer who was trying to take baby from him, was jailed for 33 months today, Tuesday, 22 December 2015.

Jordan Bryant, aged 19, pulled the officer's hair and punched her to head, leaving her curled up in a ball on the floor, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Michael Speak, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said that the police had been called after a confrontation in Thumpers, Hemel Hempstead. Bryant, who had been drinking and taking drugs, got out of the passenger seat of a car and went over to a man and said: "Come on bruv. Let's go."

Bryant, who was holding a beer bottle and a hammer, hit the man on the left side of his head. He went off, but returned brandishing a large kitchen knife. When one of the other people present saw him he was pushed to prevent the trouble escalating, said Mr Speak.

The man was to tell the police he had no idea why the assault happened.

Bryant went off to an address in The Quantocks where he was found by the officer and a colleague. The officer, who had been an officer for just four months, told the court that Bryant was holding a tiny baby. When she went over to him he grabbed her hair at the back of the head. He delivered three or four blows to her head before she was able to use PAVA incapacitant spray in his face and he was arrested. The officer said she ended up curled in a ball on the floor in pain. She suffered a lot of pain in her head and neck and was off work for a week.

Bryant, a father of three, of Alexandra Road, Hemel, pleaded guilty to affray, possessing a blade and assault on 26 June this year. He was in breach of suspended sentence and appeared for sentence via a video link from Bedford jail where he was on remand.

James Holland, defending, said Bryant had taken drink and drugs that day. He said there was obviously a background to the relationship with the man. Inside the house he described the situation as 'explosive.' He said that Bryant felt that if he had been given time he would have handed the baby over.

Bryant addressed the Judge, saying: "There is no excuse for what I did. I don't want a life of crime. I have got a family who love me. I am sorry for what I did to the officer."

Recorder Patrick Fields told Bryant he had a Jekyll and Hyde personality and that when he is sober he is perfectly engaging. While sentencing him to a total of 33 months, he said: "Police officers doing their duty deserve the protection of the court. Protection is what they will get."

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