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'HIV' man is jailed for biting Pc

An asylum seeker believed to have HIV has been jailed for biting a policeman.

Zimbabwean Mlungisi Moyo, 31, assaulted the officer in a patrol car after he was arrested in Gateshead on suspicion of driving while unfit.

Pc John Dougal suffered a wound to his head during the attack on 1 April and must wait for three months to find out whether he has been infected.

Moyo, formerly of Gateshead, admitted assaulting a police officer and drink driving and was jailed for two months.

Gateshead Magistrates' Court heard how Pc Dougal also suffered a cut to his thumb and grazing to his shin in the attack.

Colleague Pc Derek Kendal, who was called to assist at the scene, suffered a cut to his hand.

Prosecuting David Mayhew said the defendant, who now lives in Westroyd Avenue, Halifax, West Yorkshire, was understood to have both hepatitis B and HIV.

Denied lunging

He said the injured officers had to undergo tests and injections.

He said: "The defendant is said to have lunged forward between the two front seats. The officer felt grabbing and pushing at the side of his neck."

Moyo also admitted driving without insurance and was banned from driving for three years.

Joanne Hutchinson, defending, said Moyo denied lunging forward and claimed he had fallen forward when the car braked sharply.

She said: "He accepts the officer has injuries as a result of what occurred. He can't really explain why they occurred but he accepts responsibility for them."

She said Moyo denied being HIV positive.


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