10th Apr, 2020

Man bit police officer while trying to hang himself at Coventry police station

Editorial Correspondent 18th Feb, 2020 Updated: 18th Feb, 2020

A MAN bit a police detention officer who had rushed to his aid as he tried to hang himself in a cell at a Coventry police station.

And a judge at Warwick Crown Court has told Abdi Sharif he has to start behaving ‘in a less obnoxious and ant-social fashion’ in the future.

Sharif (24) of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage, common assault and common assault on an emergency worker.

And after hearing that he had already spent more than five months in custody on remand, Judge Peter Cooke gave him an 18-month community order, with a Thinking Skills programme and a rehabilitation activity.

Prosecutor Charles Crinion said that in September Sharif turned up at the entrance to the Jaguar Land Rover premises in Coventry and threw a bottle at the window of the security office.

He then kicked out at the car of one of the security officers on duty, knocking off the wing mirror, and then assaulted the security officer who came out to challenge him.

The police were contacted and Sharif, who had caused £250 damage to the window and £50 damage to the car, was arrested.

Later when he was in custody at Coventry police station, a detention officer who went to check on him saw what was happening and rushed to stop him hanging himself, when Sharif bit his hand.

Mr Crinion said that Sharif, who had previous convictions for public order offences and causing damage, later said he had not realised at the time that the officer was trying to help him.

Anthony Bell, defending, said: “It is bizarre behaviour. It is a troubling matter, because the risk of re-offending and causing serious harm are assessed as high.

“But he has been in custody on these matters since the 1st of September.”

Sentencing Sharif, Judge Peter Cooke told him: “I think you know you really have got to find ways of behaving in a less obnoxious and antisocial fashion, or you are just going to be spending more and more time behind bars.

“On this occasions I am persuaded that the better course is to go with the community order recommendation, rather than what would be a short custodial sentence.

“What I am putting in place is a package of help for you.”

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