A man who viscioulsy assaulted a police officer with a broken bottle has been jailed for nine years (Friday 22nd November)
Merseyside officers attended the Royal Liverpool Hospital in the early hours of 8th June 2019 to reports of a male who was acting aggressively.
When response team officers arrived at the scene, Mark Hollaway, 36, smashed a glass bottle before attacking a male police constable.
It is not known if the officer who sustained the injuries was equipped with a taser at the time of the incident.
During the unprovoked attack, the officer sustained injuries to his hands, face and head.
The officer was treated in the hospital for his injuries.
Hollaway, of no fixed address, was subsequently charged with Section 18 assault and possession of an offensive weapon.
Hollaway was handed the sentence at Liverpool Crown Court.
Detective Inspector Jennie Beck said:
“During this incident, Hollaway was completely reckless and had absolutely no regard for a police officer who was simply trying to do his job to protect the public and staff at the hospital.
“We welcome the fact he is now behind bars, and will remain there for a long time.
“The officer required hospital treatment following this incident, but I am pleased to say he is now back serving the public of Merseyside.
“I hope today’s sentencing provides our officer with him some comfort, and the Force will continue to provide the officer with all the support we can.
“Mark Hollaway showed himself to be an extremely dangerous individual and the sentencing handed down by the judge today reflects the danger he presents.”
DI Beck added: “Police officers join the police because they want to give something back to the community and keep their communities safe.
“Sadly, this incident highlights the dangers officers face every single day, putting themselves in harm’s way to protect the wider public from dangerous individuals.
“Officers frequently find themselves in challenging situations, and when officers join the police service, they know the risks they will face. But they still make the decision to join up and put themselves on the front line protecting our communities every day.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the officer involved and his colleagues for the bravery they showed on the day.
“I also want to thank all those detectives involved in investigating this assault, and the Crown Prosecution Service, who helped bring Hollaway to justice.”
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