A COVENTRY man has been jailed for six years for assaulting a police officer with a knuckle duster.
The attack left the officer with a split lip and broken tooth.
Kyro Christie, of Seashell Close, Coventry, appeared at Leamington Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to assault, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession of heroin.
Response officer PC Ben Bramley intervened on seeing 25-year-old Christie as he was violently assaulting a man who he had accused of trying to steal his bike.
At one point Christie was stamping on the man’s head after he’d been knocked to the floor.
The punch to PC Bramley’s face left him needing multiple stitches to his lip and extensive dental repair work. Despite his injury, he detained Christie until back-up arrived.
Christie was arrested at the scene in Village Square, Hillfields, on February 13, 2020, and was found to be carrying a bag of Class A drugs.
West Midlands Police said each year hundreds of its officers were injured in the line of duty.
“They face danger on a daily basis in our efforts to prevent crime and protect the public.
“This brutal attack left the officer with nasty injuries and needing time off work to recover.”