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All this week, we will be sharing stories directly from emergency services personnel who have been assaulted whilst on duty.
In the fourth instalment of our #AssaultedOnDuty series of stories (below), we hear from a serving Police Officer who had his eye socket smashed by a ‘service user’.
This Police Officer is still off sick, and the individual who carried out this savage attack has served a measly 6 months.
Oh, and the Judge did not see fit to award the Police Officer any compensation, as the Judge felt that the sentence handed down in some ridiculous way more than compensates the Police Officer for his troubles.
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“I am an officer in Kent and was assaulted outside a pub while on duty in July last year. My colleague and I had been called to this pub over a separate matter.
While there my colleague was making CCTV enquiries and receiving abuse from two punters who were sat and the bar and heavily intoxicated.
Due to this I decided to get them to leave. I coaxed the two males outside but they decided they were going no further.
One, whom I shall refer to here on as “Captain Gobby” was particularly rude and objectionable, the other more amenable, however immediately apparent to me that both were not just under the influence of alcohol.
It was very early on into the night shift and I didn’t particular want to arrest either person for Drunk and Disorderly, not least of which I could tell Captain Gobby would have turned violent if I said the words and got hands on.
Every opportunity was presented to the gents to leave the area and take themselves home and a quiet night could have been had by all. Instead “Captain Gobby” decided to make the usual threats of “I’m going to smash your face in”. “I’m going to find you off duty and hurt you and your wife”…
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Yeah yeah, I’ve heard it all before.
At this is was pointed out that his behaviour was all being caught on body cam at which point he punched me in the right eye.
My colleague reacted lightning fast and grabbed him and put him to the floor. As a point of pride I stayed on my feet and after a few seconds of waiting for the world to stop spinning was able to place him in a leg lock and free up his left hand for the cuff which was on yet.
I was subsequently taken to hospital where it transpired that i had a fractured eye socket, what is known as an “orbital blowout” which is where the bone of the eye socket below the eyeball falls away. This caused the eye to sink back into the socket and an operation took place ten months down the line to place an implant below the eye socket to reset the eye to its more normal position.
I am presently off sick, recuperating following the operation. The initial assault occurred in July 17 and he was charged with GBH. Captain Gobby has previous convictions for drink related violence.
He pleaded guilty at the start of December to GBH and was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment. At the end of May he is due for release under “Home Detention Curfew” having served a grand total of 6 months.
I was informed by another police officer, who used to asses such applications in a past life that I was entitled to appeal that decision. No such offer to appeal was given to me by the agency that informed me that was what was happening. Furthermore the judge in sentencing awarded no compensation “due to the custodial sentence”.
I have been fervently saving to pay for my wedding and multiple lengthy periods of absence means I am unable to earn anything extra through overtime and makes achieving this goal rather more difficult.
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