Man jailed for burglary and assaulting police officers - Luton

30/03/2015

A man, who tried to steal a bike from a couple's home in Luton and then assaulted two police officers, telling them he had AIDS, has been jailed for 15 months.

Samuel Boyd, aged 31, was handed the sentence at Luton Crown Court on Monday, 30 March 2015.

He admitted a charge of burglary, racially aggravated actual bodily harm and racially aggravated common assault.

The court heard how, just after 1pm on Wednesday, 09 July last year, a woman was in her home in Hitchin Road, Luton watching TV.

David Jenkins, prosecuting, said she heard a noise from the kitchen and went there to find the defendant, who was a complete stranger to her, wheeling a bike out of the property and into the rear garden. She was able to grab the bike's wheel preventing the defendant from making off with the bike, which was worth around £100.

Boyd, of Dunstable Place in Luton, was subsequently arrested and charged and given bail.

The court then heard how, on 19 January this year, police were called to Dunstable Place after the defendant, in a state of drunkeness, had gone into a neighbouring property and was refusing to leave. Police arrived to find him in a chair drinking and threatening the occupant.

The prosecutor said Boyd was handcuffed and removed from the flat, but outside, he became abusive to the officers. In a subsequent struggle, he bit one of the policemen on his upper arm and his colleague suffered a cut to his hand.

Mr Jenkins said Boyd then screamed at the officers: "I've got aids. I'm going to ruin your lives and your missus."

The court was told both officers had to undergo tests for Hepatitis b and HIV, and received medication. Both officers, said the prosecutor, had experienced stress as they waited for the results to come through, which showed they were clear.

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