October 1, 2021 5.04 pm

Man bit, punched, racially abused and spat at police officers

He has now been jailed

A man who bit, punched and spat at police officers as they tried to detain him was jailed at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday.

Shane Lewis, 40, was at the time on bail for an unconnected matter with conditions to stay out of Spilsby, but police received a report that he was at his mother’s home in the town.

Tom Welshman, prosecuting, said that officers went to the address in Brun Balderston Close in Spilsby and found Lewis inside.

Lewis was initially compliant but then became aggressive and a decision was made to handcuff him.

Lewis lunged at one of the officers calling her a “foreign bitch” and tried to punch and kick her.

He then bit a second officer and spat at the officer’s face.

An officer used her pepper spray and Lewis then assaulted two more officers before he was placed inside a police vehicle.

The court was told Lewis was subsequently acquitted of the original matter for which he was on bail.

He had 26 previous convictions for 82 offences.

Lewis, 40, formerly of Spilsby but now of Cookson Street, Kirkby in Ashfield, admitted a charge of racially aggravated assault and three charges of assaulting an emergency worker as a result of the incident on May 26, 2020. He was jailed for 45 weeks.

Judge Catarina Sjolin Knight told him: “You became increasingly aggressive. This was a prolonged incident.

“You knew you were prohibited from being where you were. You made a conscious decision to go there. There is no-one to blame here but yourself.

“Only custody can be justified for this appalling behaviour.”

Bianca Brasoveanu, in mitigation, said that Lewis reacted because he had the wrong perception of how he was being dealt with by the officers.

She said he had pleaded guilty to the offences and urged that any jail sentence should be suspended.

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