Shoplifter jailed after biting police officer and attacking security guard

A shoplifter who bit the police officer trying to arrest him and also attacked a security guard has been sent to prison for four months.

Thursday, 9th July 2020, 3:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th July 2020, 3:34 pm

Wigan and Leigh magistrates heard that 26-year-old Josh Andrusjak was caught stealing meat from Wigan’s Lidl superstore on Darlington Street last Saturday and, in the process of being detained, he inflicted injuries on both PC Powell and Lawrence Coles.

The defendant, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to theft and two counts of assault by beating on his first appearance at the court.

The bench said they were sending him to prison because he had a history of violence and because of the “particularly nasty” biting attack on the security guard.

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Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

Andrusjak was ordered to pay £100 in compensation to PC Powell and £50 to Mr Coles.