Man bit officer 'like a wild animal'

A SUNSHINE Coast man who bit a Brisbane police officer "like a wild animal” when he was being arrested has been released from jail after serving 11 months in prison waiting to be sentenced.

Simon Paul Anderson, 28, pleaded guilty in Brisbane District Court to charges including serious assault, stealing, obstructing a police officer and drug possession.

The court heard on November 26, 2015 Anderson stole goods at David Jones at Carindale Shopping Centre in Brisbane. Police moved to stop him but he fled.

He was chased down and handcuffed and police found numerous stolen items still with their shop tags on them as well as bags of meth in his bag.

While cuffed, Anderson lunged for a bag of the drug and tried to swallow it. A police officer forced Anderson's mouth open to stop him swallowing the drugs and Anderson bit down on the officer's index finger.

Judge David Reid said Anderson was "out of control” and had acted "like a wild animal” when he was being arrested.

The officer had to undergo medical tests to ensure he did not contract any disease from the bite.

Anderson spent about 11 months in prison following his arrest. He was recently bailed and lives with his father on the Sunshine Coast.

Judge Reid sentenced Anderson to 18 months jail and declared the 11 months as time already served. Anderson was released on parole immediately.


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