Northampton chef jailed after biting police officer’s arm

Northampton Crown Court.
Northampton Crown Court.

A chef from Northampton who has left a police officer with a permanent scar after he bit his arm has been jailed for nine months.

Jose Abrunhosa, aged 26, of Great Holme Court, Thorplands, clamped his teeth on the arm of a police officer who had been called to his home address following complaints by neighbours about a loud argument.

Northampton Crown Court heard Abrunhosa ran out into his garden and was chased by the police officer who tried to restrain him.

David Lee, prosecuting, said the officer was pushed backwards by Abrunhosa and fell on to a fridge which had been left in the garden.

Mr Lee said the officer was then punched by Abrunhosa who then grabbed hold of his left arm with his teeth.

Mr Lee said: “The defendant held on to the arm for 10 seconds and moved his mouth back and forth to try and cause as much injury as possible.”

Arbunhosa was eventually overpowered by the police officer with help from his colleague and was arrested.

The police officer suffered a five centimetre wide bruise to his arm and is likely to have a permanent scar. He will have to wait to find out if the wound has been infected.

Mr Lee said Arbrunhosa admitted in interview that he “tried to take a chunk out of the police officer’s arm.”

He said Arbrunhosa, who works as a chef at a pub in Cambridgeshire, felt the police officers had “no right to be at his home address.”

Recorder Adrian Redgrave QC, sentencing Abrunhosa to nine months in prison, said it was a “shocking” attack on a police officer doing his public service.