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Man jailed for hitting police officer

The Argus: Man jailed for hitting police officer Man jailed for hitting police officer

A man has been jailed for ten years after hitting a police officer several times over the head with a baton.

Ross McPherson, 24, of Teville Road, Worthing, was found guilty of committing attempted grievous bodily harm with intent and affray on December 4 last year.

The court heard there was a joint operation being carried out between Sussex Police and British Transport Police into bike thefts and drug crimes around Worthing railway station.

During a routine stop check, McPherson was stopped but became verbally abusive and threatening towards three police officers.

Due to his behaviour, he was sprayed with Captor spray but he continued to be aggressive.

As an officer went to draw his baton, he dropped it during a tussle with McPherson and it landed at his feet.

McPherson picked up the baton and took a swing at two women police officers narrowly missing their heads and upper bodies.

He then chased two police officers up the street with the baton.

More plain clothed officers came from the station to assist the Sussex officers and one of them was struck on the head a number of times with the police baton.

He did not receive severe injures.

McPherson was eventually stopped and arrested.

After a five day trial at Woolwich Crown Court last week, he was found guilty of the two charges and sentenced.

After the case Detective Sergeant Andy Hobden said: "The sentence sends out a clear message that violence towards police officers who are doing the job and exercising the powers bestowed upon them will not be tolerated."

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2:56pm Thu 12 Jun 14

magic_chimp says...

So here's to probably three years with good behaviour, daily gym workouts, three square meals a day and an opportunity to hone his criminal skills with fellow scumbags.
So here's to probably three years with good behaviour, daily gym workouts, three square meals a day and an opportunity to hone his criminal skills with fellow scumbags. magic_chimp
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3:21pm Thu 12 Jun 14

charlie smirke says...

I wonder how much of the 10 years he will actually serve?
I wonder how much of the 10 years he will actually serve? charlie smirke
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4:11pm Thu 12 Jun 14

In the sticks says...

charlie smirke wrote:
I wonder how much of the 10 years he will actually serve?
5 years inside, 5 years on licence, if he toes the line while inside.

Bit of a steep sentence.
[quote][p][bold]charlie smirke[/bold] wrote: I wonder how much of the 10 years he will actually serve?[/p][/quote]5 years inside, 5 years on licence, if he toes the line while inside. Bit of a steep sentence. In the sticks
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5:58pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Gary1965 says...

So it took around 10 coppers to apprehend him.....did that include the two wusses who ran off instead of doing what they are paid to do?

They are a disgrace to the uniform.
So it took around 10 coppers to apprehend him.....did that include the two wusses who ran off instead of doing what they are paid to do? They are a disgrace to the uniform. Gary1965
  • Score: -5

6:42am Fri 13 Jun 14

Martin999 says...

"He then chased two police officers up the street".........are we to believe that two police officers ran away? Brave lads.
"He then chased two police officers up the street".........are we to believe that two police officers ran away? Brave lads. Martin999
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