Louey Kostromin guilty of biting off PC's ear

Bridge St, Northampton Image copyright Google
Image caption The attack happened at an address in Bridge Street, Northampton

A man who bit off part of a policeman's ear has been convicted of wounding with intent.

Louey Kostromin, 37, of no fixed address, was being arrested when he attacked the officer on Bridge Street, Northampton, last August.

The injured constable told Northampton Crown Court Kostromin "grabbed me by the neck" and he felt a "throbbing, searing pain straight away".

He had admitted unlawful wounding but denied intent to cause serious harm.

Kostromin has been remanded in custody for sentencing in June.

Three police officers were called to the probation service to arrest Kostromin who had been released from jail on licence. 

As the first officer went to arrest him, Kostromin punched him, then grabbed at the second officer and bit into his ear causing it to tear.

The victim said he was left with the top of his ear hanging off.

The jury saw body camera footage and images of the injuries suffered.

The jury found him guilty of wounding with intent to cause serious harm.

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