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Jail for knife thug who did this to courageous PSNI officer

BY COLIN FRANCIS

A police sergeant badly wounded by a man armed with a knife said he hopes the sentence handed out to his attacker will encourage confidence in policing and act as a deterrent.

A 42-year-old man was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, attempted wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, assault on police, affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

The offences related to an incident in Lurgan, Co Armagh, during the early hours of February 5, 2012.

Police responded to a report of a domestic incident at Filbin Street and found a man locked in a house with two small children. The man opened the door as officers attempted to gain entry and attacked a police officer with a knife and attempted to injure another before he was restrained and disarmed.

Sgt Mark Wright sustained two knife wounds to his head during the incident. The man was arrested at the scene and the two young children, aged one and three at the time, were uninjured and brought to safety.

Speaking after the sentencing, Sgt Wright said: "We knew there was a man in the house who had already assaulted a number of females and that two young children were also present in the house."

During the sentencing Judge Lynch commended police for using minimum force.

Sgt Wright said: "I am aware of the perception in some communities that police are heavy-handed and I hope the judge's comments dispels some of this thinking."

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