A POLICE officer is still on duty despite the “traumatic” experience of being stabbed with a drug addict’s used needle.
The attack, which saw PC Luke Evans stabbed in the public toilets near Waterworld in Wrexham town centre, was described as “nasty and serious” by Wrexham town centre’s police inspector.
PC Evans now faces an anxious wait to see if he has contracted anything from the needle.
James Anthony Hewitt, 43, stabbed PC Evans as he attempted to restrain him in the toilets on February 6.
At a hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Friday, Hewitt, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and was sentenced to six months in prison.
Inspector Paul Wycherley said: “The man was sought after lewd acts in Tesco and Waterworld and when officers found him in the toilets they were met with a resistance and a threat of violence.
“He lashed out with the syringe and I sincerely hope no lasting damage is done.
“I have spoken to the officer and am making sure he is getting all the support for his health and wellbeing during this traumatic experience.”
On Friday a court heard that Hewitt was found with his trousers round his ankles and told officers he had injected drugs into his groin.
When officers tried to arrest him PC Evans’ hand was on the cubicle door frame to prevent Hewitt from closing it, but his hand slipped as Hewitt made a stabbing motion with the needle.
It went through PC Evans’ glove and made contact with the skin of his left palm.
PC Evans was described as “visibly shaking” from the incident.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, said although he had no visible injuries after the attack, he was awaiting blood test results to determine whether he had contracted anything from coming into contact with the syringe.
Insp Wycherley has also hit back at internet comments criticising the police for their response.
He said: “People were saying the police response was not proportionate, before the man had been arrested or charged. With the threat this man posed to my officers the response was completely proportionate.
“Officers were asked to attend to assist the arrest because of the level of resistance.”