Suspended sentence for man who bit police officer and broke his finger in 'violent and disgraceful attack' in Buckingham

Gawcott man who viciously attacked two frontline police officers has been told to attend temper reduction programme

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 4:27 pm

A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault of an emergency worker in Buckingham.

David Stanley, aged 28, of Oakhaven Park, Radclive Road, Gawcott, had previously appeared at a hearing at Amersham Law Courts on April 7 this year.

Returning to the same court for sentencing last Wednesday (June 8), Stanley was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, given a supervision order for two years and ordered to attend 19 ‘Thinking Skills’ sessions and a ‘temper reduction and aggression control skills’ programme.

Officers were called to Bridge Street, Buckingham, following reports that Stanley had punched a member of the public
Officers were called to Bridge Street, Buckingham, following reports that Stanley had punched a member of the public

Thames Valley Police (TVP) said officers were called to outside the New Inn pub, in Bridge Street, Buckingham, at 1.30am on October 29 following reports that Stanley had punched a member of the public during an altercation.

TVP said when officers attempted to handcuff Stanley, he refused to comply, threw punches and then bit one of the officers.

Through his violent behaviour, Stanley broke a finger of one of the officers, which led to him requiring hospital treatment, surgery, and several months of recuperation.

Another officer discharged incapacitant spray and Stanley assaulted her, causing significant pain and bruising.

Investigating officer Det Con James Lacey, of Aylesbury CID, said: “This was a violent and disgraceful attack on two frontline police officers who were carrying out their duties.

“Stanley had already attacked a member of the public before resisting arrest.

“The act of biting another person is abhorrent and one of these officers now has a lifelong loss of faculty in a finger, which could have detrimental consequences in his later life and career.

“Our frontline officers work tirelessly to protect the communities of the Thames Valley, often in hostile and difficult circumstances, but it is never part of the job to be assaulted, and when this happens we will always put offenders before the courts.

“The judge has given Stanley the opportunity to avoid a prison sentence and I hope that Stanley puts this opportunity to good use and engages with the rehabilitation programme imposed upon him to prevent any further violent offending.”