A man who recorded himself assaulting two police officers and then posted the footage on Facebook has been jailed for more than three years.
Model Martin Williams, 28, kicked PC Matthew Williams in the face before running up to his colleague PC Andrew Gilbert and punching him in the face, causing serious facial injuries.
The officers had stopped Williams’ car in Knowle, Bristol, in September, finding he had a three-year-old who was not in a child car seat sat in the back, the court heard.
Prosecuting, James Haskell told Bristol Crown Court Williams was ‘immediately angry and abusive’ towards PC Williams in front of the child who was ‘clearly distressed by what was going on’
PC Gilbert then attempted to handcuff Williams’ cousin Scott Collins, who had been in the front passenger seat.
Mr Collins left the car and PC Gilbert twice deployed his Taser and arrested him.
As this was happening, Williams kicked PC Williams ‘hard in the face’ and ran from the driver’s side of the car.
He then ran towards PC Gilbert, who was holding handcuffs in one hand and a Taser in the other, and punched him in the face.
PC Gilbert described feeling a ‘solid bang straight into his face”, with Williams punching him while holding his mobile phone.
The officer was taken to hospital, where he received 14 stitches for a deep laceration to his upper lip.
In a victim impact statement, PC Gilbert said his speech had been affected and he had only been able to eat liquid food after the incident due to the swelling.
He said: ‘I had my hands full and Martin Williams hit me with a cheap shot when I was unable to defend myself.’
Williams was arrested the following day and later posted footage from his mobile phone on to Facebook.
He later pleaded guilty to charges of wounding with intent, assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage relating to breaking PC Williams’ glasses.
PC Williams described the guilt he felt at his colleague being assaulted while they were on duty together.
Representing Williams, Sam Jones said his client committed the offences out of concern for his cousin, who had recently suffered a stroke.
He said Williams had been affected by the recent deaths of his sister and father and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Judge William Hart sentenced Williams to three years and 19 weeks in prison.
As he was taken to the cells, Williams swore and made an obscene gesture at police sitting in the public gallery.