An unprovoked and cowardly assault on a Kent Police detective by a man who had just been released from custody has resulted in a two-year prison sentence being handed down to the attacker.
Samuel Tesefay repeatedly punched and kicked the detective constable outside Medway Police Station while they were attempting to assist him in May 2019.
28-year-old Tesefay, of Thicket Road, Crystal Palace, admitted one count of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm.
He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 22 November 2019.
The court heard that on 10 May Tesefay was released from custody after he was arrested for an unrelated offence.
As part of the investigation into this offence, his laptop and mobile phone were seized.
Tesefay asked to be given some contact numbers from his phone, and the detective who was later assaulted by Tesefay agreed to meet him at the front counter to hand over the details requested.
Upon meeting him at the front counter, Tesefay became agitated that he could not have his possessions back and, due to other members of the public being present, the officer took him outside so they could speak privately.
Once outside, Tesefay repeatedly punched the officer in the head and kicked her in the back while she was attempting to get away from him.
Tesefay | Kent Police
Other Officers in the station’s service yard heard the disturbance and quickly ran outside to provide support.
Cowardly Tesefay attempted to run away from officers but was promptly found hiding in nearby bushes and was arrested on suspicion of assault.
Tesefay was charged the next day and has been remanded in custody since.
As a result of the cowardly and prolonged assault, the officer sustained multiple facial injuries includig a broken cheekbone.
Police Constable Amy Edwards, Kent Police’s investigating officer, said:
‘Tesefay subjected an officer to a completely unprovoked attack.
‘Despite his claims that he was acting in self-defence, CCTV clearly shows him initiating the assault and chasing after the officer to cause further harm.
‘While every police officer accepts they will at times be exposed to volatile incidents, it is unacceptable for anyone to be attacked while they are doing their job.’
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