Man jailed for assaulting two police officers
A man who strangled a police officer and struck another one to the face has been sentenced to five years and ten months imprisonment.
Ian Palmer carried out the assaults against the two officers after they were called to reports of violent behaviour at his address in Faversham in October 2017.
The 45-year-old, of Water Lane in Faversham, pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and assault. He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday 8 October.
The court heard that on 12 October 2017 two police constables from the Swale Local Policing Team attended Palmer’s home after receiving reports he was behaving violently.
Palmer allowed both officers into his property but became obstructive, telling them he was not going to go to prison and threatened they would need to call for backup.
He then attempted to leave the address and pushed one of the officers into a doorframe, causing a cut above her left eye.
As the other constable attempted to calm the situation, he pushed her onto some stairs and used his weight to pin her down before grabbing her around the throat with both hands.
Palmer eventually loosened his grip and told the officer ‘I could have killed you, but I didn’t.’
Chief Inspector Rachel McNeil, the district commander for Swale, said: ‘The officers involved in this case showed exemplary courage to handle an offender whose lack of restraint suddenly escalated into a violent rage.
‘Throughout the incident they acted with extreme professionalism despite being forced into a situation where they legitimately feared for their lives. I commend the bravery they have shown.
‘Every day our officers risk being exposed to unpredictable, and often volatile, situations to protect the public but they should not have to accept being assaulted.
‘I am pleased that the judge has also taken the same view and I welcome the sentence Palmer has received.’