VIDEO: Wordsley ‘cage fighter’ jailed for violent attack on arresting officer
A Wordsley cage fighter who injured a police officer while resisting arrest in a violent attack caught on bodyworn video was jailed for a year.
PCs Jack Moorhouse and Luci Boardman called at the home of Bobby Mason to arrest him following a serious assault earlier that morning.
Body worn video captured Mason threatening both officers and at one point asking PC Moorhouse if the button on his radio was an alarm, in an attempt to intimidate him.
When the 38-year-old was told he was under arrest, he became even more aggressive and tried to punch PC Moorhouse, before grabbing him in a headlock, choking him and refusing to let go.
Parva spray was used on Mason, weakening his grip on PC Moorhouse. He was then detained by PC Boardman.
PC Moorhouse was taken to hospital to be checked over and luckily only suffered minor injuries.
Mason was arrested on suspicion of assault. In interview, he claimed that the officer went for him first, not realising the whole incident had been captured on body worn video.
The 38-year-old, of Oak Park Road, Wordsley, Stourbridge, was charged and later pleaded guilty to common assault and actual bodily harm. He was jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday (25 April) following the attacks, which happened 10 February this year.
Detective Chief Inspector Pete Dunn, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said:
“This was an horrific attack on a police officer in the line of duty.
“It serves as a reminder to us all of the inherent dangers faced by police officers on a daily basis in our efforts to prevent crime, protect the public and help those in need.
“Mason, a trained cage fighter, would have known his own strength and deliberately wanted to debilitate and harm PC Moorhouse.
“Luckily, Jack wasn’t seriously injured, but no doubt this experience will stay with him for the rest of his career.”