Scissors-wielding man bit police officer
DISARMED Del Wiltshire bit a policeman who arrested him following a brief stand-off, a court heard.
Police called to a report of a man threatening to self-harm, at flats in Lockleaze, found Wiltshire armed with scissors and telling them: "You lot touch me and see what happens".
Though Wiltshire's father took the scissors off him, in a struggle that ensued Wiltshire bit an officer on the bicep.
The 26-year-old, of Wordsworth Road, Horfield, pleaded guilty to possessing a blade and assaulting police in July.
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Jailing him for four months, Judge Mark Horton told him: "You have a bad record and a bad record for violence. Clearly you have had anger management difficulties for a prolonged period. You have had a problem with class A drugs and these difficulties combined together on the occasion of these offences. Police officers and public officials are not there to be used as some sort of punch bag for you to vent your anger on."
The judge ordered the scissors to be destroyed.
Paul Ricketts, prosecuting, said Wiltshire was holding the scissors and stood in a "boxer's stance" before his father disarmed him.
Mr Ricketts said: "Police ordered him to get down on his knees. There was a struggle. The defendant lunged forward and bit a police constable on the right bicep. He was arrested."
Wiltshire told police he had mental health issues and his actions were a cry for help. He said officers put him in a headlock and he bit one of them because he was scared.
The court heard he had previous convictions for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, possessing drugs with intent to supply and escape from custody.
Courtney Daley, defending, said her client gave a full and frank interview, an early guilty plea and was remorseful. She said Wiltshire suffered from depression and, previous to events, had lost his job and finished a long-term relationship.