Date Published : April 2nd, 2015 Published By : admin
Hampshire Police had released footage of a brutal assault on one if it’s Woman Police Officers. Sergeant Kerry Lawrence suffered a ‘disgusting and vicious’ attack by a man who was apparently drunk. The assault took place on July 6th last year in Basingstoke, Hampshire when the WPC responded to a report of a burglary in progress.
Footage emerged of the assault which was captured on the officers Body Worn Video (BWV). The video released by the police on Friday showed her attacker lashing out after protesting while sitting in the back seat of a police patrol car. The video has since been removed.
Sgt. Lawrence’s head was repeatedly banged on the ground by a suspect in handcuffs during the assault. An unidentified man is then heard calling the emergency services, saying: “We need police, ambulance, everything. Your officer is down, she’s on the floor.” The man tried to reassure the officer and she appealed on her police radio for colleagues to “hurry up”.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: “Radbourne was arrested by the officer on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly. He had been placed in handcuffs and into a police car before additional units arrived. However, before officers arrived, Radbourne managed to strike out at Sgt Lawrence, viciously attacking her and banging her head on the ground several times”.
The suspect was subsequently re-arrested by other officers nearby and taken into police custody.
Chief Inspector Simon Dodds said: “Across the country, police officers work extremely hard to keep their local communities safe. They come to work knowing that their job has an element of risk, as part of their duty to protect the public. However assaulting an officer must never be seen as just part of the job. It is unacceptable. This was a disgusting attack on a member of my team, who works tirelessly to serve her community.”
CI Dodds added “I know it was an extremely traumatic experience for Sgt Lawrence and her family and it also had a significant impact on her team and others at Basingstoke Police Station. I am pleased that the courts have recognised the seriousness of this offence in the sentence passed today. Sergeant Lawrence is now back on full duties, which is to her absolute credit.”
Craig Radbourne, 25, from Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm. Before sentencing Radbourne, Judge Susan Evans QC described the video as “nothing short of sickening” and she said the officer was fortunate not to be more seriously hurt.
Craig Radbourne was sentenced to three years in prison.
Chairman of the Hampshire Police Federation, John Apter said: “Police officers accept that they perform a dangerous and unpredictable job. I am pleased that the judge has given an appropriate sentence for this vicious and unprovoked attack on PS Lawrence. This should send a strong message to the public that assaulting a police officer is not acceptable in any circumstances.”
Commissioner criticises sentence
Simon Hayes, police and crime commissioner for Hampshire, criticised the sentence as being lenient.
He said: “I am disappointed that Mr Radbourne has only been sentenced to three years in prison for the extremely violent assault against Sgt Kerry Lawrence. I would hope that he is made to serve the full sentence.”