A burglar who kicked a police officer down some stairs as she responded to the break-in has been jailed for three and a half years.
Andrew Bailey, 38, of no fixed address, appeared at Southwark Crown Court via video link on Friday 16th October.
He was sentenced after pleading guilty to burglary.
Bailey had previously pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker when he appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Friday 18th September.
Bailey was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for the burglary.
This sentenced was discounted down to three years owing to the guilty plea.
For kicking the police officer down the stairs, Bailey was sentenced to nine months in prison.
This sentence was discounted down to six months because Bailey pleaded guilty.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called at around 14:00hrs on Wednesday, 16 September to reports of a burglary at a residential building in Charing Cross Road, WC2.
Officers responded and found Bailey in the communal area of the building.
He had broken into the flat of a 90-year-old woman.
As the officer attempted to arrest him, Bailey became aggressive and kicked her in the chest, causing her to fall backwards down a flight of stairs.
She hit her head on a wall and was treated at the scene for minor injuries by the London Ambulance Service.
The officer called for urgent assistance and used her CS spray to detain the Bailey.
More officers arrived at the scene, and Bailey was arrested and taken into custody.
During an interview with detectives, Bailey admitted assaulting the officer but showed no remorse for his actions.
Detective Constable Nigel Pacquette, from the Central West Command Unit, said:
“Bailey did everything he could to obstruct the officer in her lawful duty to arrest him. She was lucky not to have been seriously injured.
“This case highlights the very real risk with which police officers are confronted on a daily basis and the courage and professionalism officers demonstrate when doing their job.
“This behaviour is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
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