Thug comes out of sedation in hospital and attacks police officers

A handcuffed man came out of sedation in hospital and attacked the three police officers who had taken him there, a court heard.

Travene Shepherd turned violent at Leicester Royal Infirmary after the officers momentarily uncuffed him when he complained he was cold and needed to put on an extra top.

However, he refused to be cuffed again and resisted officers’ attempts to restrain him.

Shepherd, of East Street, Leicester city centre, appeared in court to admit assaulting the three officers.

Prosecutor Gok Wan told Leicester Magistrates’ Court the 24-year-old was taken to the LRI on Wednesday, July 15 last year and was placed under sedation.

When the officers told him they were going to ‘cuff him again, Shepherd became “agitated” and said the handcuffs “would not be going back on,” Mr Wan said.

A struggle ensued when one of the officers took hold of Shepherd. Both fell to the ground with the officer striking his head on a metal set of drawers.

Shepherd then bit the officer’s fingers twice and elbowed a second in the head as they tried to help their colleague.

A third officer took hold of Shepherd, who tried to bite him. During that struggle, the officer suffered bruises on his arm.

Officers gave statements to the court. One said: “I do my best to protect the public every day and to be assaulted in this way is unacceptable.”

Another, who was in the early stages of the career, said he was ‘extremely shocked and disgusted’ by Shepherd’s violence.

Shepherd’s solicitor Richard Jennings said: “His personal life is in flux.

“He has three young children and one on the way. He is hoping very much to reconcile with the mother of his children.”

District Judge Nick Watson told Shepherd: “Parliament has made it clear assaults are more serious when they are on emergency service workers.”

Shepherd, of East Street, Leicester city centre, was jailed for 24 weeks and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128.

The judge added: “Although they deserve it, I am not going to order any compensation for the officers, as they are unlikely to receive it.”

Official figures show there were 691 assaults on officers in the county last year – a striking increase on recent years.

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Leicestershire’s Chief Constable Simon Cole writes ‘victim impact statements’ each time a suspect appears in court to be sentenced for attacking a member of his staff, whether an officer or a civilian.

He started the practice in 2018 when the new legislation to give courts greater sentencing powers for assaults on emergency services workers was introduced.

Currently, his letters specifically address the impact the virus is having on the force and on the wider community and the health implications for officers who are spat at or coughed on – particularly during the pandemic.

Mr Cole’s letters also spell out in detail how the individual officers had been affected by the physical and mental trauma of being attacked in the line of duty.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News