Teenager who broke Norwich policeman's leg detained
- 4 July 2014
- From the section Norfolk
A teenager who "went berserk" and broke a police officer's leg while being restrained has been detained for 28 months.
Mohammed Labead, 19, of Norwich, was being dealt with for another assault when he attacked PC Lee Wilson in the city's Prince of Wales Road.
He previously admitted two counts of assault, one of wounding and one of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
He was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.
After the hearing, police said PC Wilson, a 42-year-old father of two, was left lying motionless on the pavement as he drifted in and out of consciousness, suffering "immense pain".
He suffered a vertical break in his right tibia, which required surgery and permanent pins below the knee.
Another officer, Sgt Rachael Shearing, was also attacked and suffered minor injuries.
'Completely uncalled for'
They were both responding to reports that Labead had grabbed a woman outside Mojo's nightclub when the teenager turned on them.
Sentencing Labead, of Kinghorn Road, Judge Stephen Holt said: "It's quite clear to me that you had every intention of doing much more harm, if you had the opportunity.
"It would seem to me you have no idea how vicious your actions were that night and I put this down to immaturity."
The court heard Labead received a police caution in March 2013 for assaulting a police officer on Prince of Wales Road, which Judge Holt said was an "aggravating factor" in this case.
Speaking after the hearing, PC Wilson said he had suffered bruises and broken ribs during his 23 years as an officer, "but nothing like this".
"It was completely uncalled for, he just went berserk," he added.
He returned to work at the end of March and remains on restricted duties and it will be months before he returns to the front line, a police spokesman said.