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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 3:01 am 
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PSNI officer 'severely bitten' by woman during taxi incident

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/psni ... n-16266992

The incident was captured on the officer's body camera

A police officer had to be hospitalised after being 'severely bitten' by taxi passenger.

Officers were on patrol in the Rainey Street area of Magherafelt in the early hours of Sunday morning, May 12 when they were flagged down by a taxi driver.

The driver was asking for help with a woman who had got into his taxi but was 'very drunk' and wouldn't tell the driver her address to get her home.

As officers approached the vehicle to speak to the woman, they say they were met with an 'onslaught of obscenities' before the taxi door was 'kicked open'.

Detailing the shocking incident which left three PSNI officers injured, a spokesperson for PSNI Magherafelt posted: "So we get out and speak to the woman through the open passenger door window, she appears half asleep.” Hi, what’s your name?” Next thing we know, we’re getting met with an onslaught of obscenities as the taxi door is kicked open and the previously sleeping passenger is now anything but.

"The subsequent actions of the individual in question left three officers injured with one being hospitalised after being severely bitten. The officer now has an agonising wait on blood test results to confirm whether or not they have not been infected with a virus.

"Disgusting and unacceptable behaviour towards those who were only trying to help, starting with the taxi driver, simply trying to get her home.

"The one positive, with all of us now carrying body cameras a Judge can witness first hand such violent and aggressive behaviour, rather than a lovely flowery account put forward in her defence.

"One off to court for a range of offences."


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 3:05 am 
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PSNI spokesperson wrote:
"The one positive, with all of us now carrying body cameras a Judge can witness first hand such violent and aggressive behaviour, rather than a lovely flowery account put forward in her defence."

=D> =D>

Indeed, and so just like a taxi driver with CCTV fitted.

But seems an odd statement for an official police spokesperson to make, particularly the stuff about the 'lovely flowery account' that her defence might use.

At least I'm assuming the statement came from an *official* spokesperson, but who knows :-s


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:50 pm 
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"The one positive, with all of us now carrying body cameras a Judge can witness first hand such violent and aggressive behaviour, rather than a lovely flowery account put forward in her defence.

It's hard to emphasize enough the importance of actual CCTV footage, showing a court the actions of the defendant.

Not only will it help convict the defendant, but it will show the court exactly what the likes of the police, and our trade, have to put up with.

All that said can you imagine what the driver would have had to put up with if he hadn't had the help of those police officers.

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