Police woman left with broken nose in headbutt attack

Portsmouth Crown Court
Portsmouth Crown Court

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A DAD-OF-TWO broke a police officer’s nose by headbutting her during a cannabis-related psychotic episode, a court heard.

James Eagers was on licence having been jailed for robbery and assaulting another police officer when the attack happened.

The officer, who has not been named, needed surgery to help her breathe after he set upon her.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Eagers was suffering from psychosis at the time, having stopped taking cannabis five days earlier.

On the day of the attack police were called to his home early in the morning, but later left as there were no apparent problems.

Officers were later called to the property a second time amid concerns Eagers would try to harm himself. It was decided he should be taken into custody under the Mental Health Act.

Eagers was waiting outside the property with two officers when the attack happened.

Nicholas Hall, prosecuting, said: ‘With no lead-up whatsoever, he propelled himself with the full force of his body at the police officer and headbutted her square in the face, causing her nose to break straight away.

‘Her head went backwards, her head hit the back of the wall. She also suffered a chipped tooth. She was in quite a mess.’

The officer was taken to hospital and Eagers was taken into custody.

Mr Hall added: ‘The police officer herself required an operation to facilitate her breathing as a result of the displaced nose.’

Eagers has written a letter of apology to the officer.

Megan Topliss, defending, said he had shown ‘remorse and insight into his own condition.’

Eagers, of Palmyra Road, Gosport, who has convictions for 14 previous offences, admitted actual bodily harm.

He was sentenced to 10 months in jail suspended for two years, put under supervision for two years and told to take part in mental health treatment and drug rehabilitation programmes.

Eagers was told to pay £1,500 compensation and a victim surcharge of £100.