Man jailed for biting policeman's ear - Broxbourne

13/05/2014

A man who bit off part of the ear of a policeman has today, Tuesday, 13 May 2014, been jailed for eight years.

Drunken Rex Gardner attacked the officer who had been called out to deal with a domestic incident between him and his ex partner.

Rex Gardner, 43, had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), but was convicted of the more serious offence of causing Grievous Bodily Harm with intent following a three day trial at St Albans Crown Court. He had also been charged with common assault.

PC Steve Fisher, who is based at Cheshunt Police Station, sustained life-changing injuries during the attack and had to undergo surgery, sustaining a life-long visible injury.

St Albans Crown Court was told how PC Fisher and his colleague PC Daniel Gildersleve attended an address in Ashbourne Road, Broxbourne at 11.15pm on 15 August last year in response to a 999 call from Gardner's ex-partner. It was whilst the officers were speaking individually to Gardner and the woman to assess the situation that Gardner became aggressive. He had been drinking excessively before police arrived and suddenly become violent.

Gardner lunged towards PC Fisher, grabbing him around his body armour knocking over a kitchen table in the process. PC Gildersleve attempted to intervene and Gardner threw a glass vase towards him. PC Fisher was taken to the floor with Gardner as the two officers tried to regain control of Gardner and protect his ex-partner from him. He then leant into PC Fisher and bit off the top part of his right ear.

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