A THUG who left a police dog handler with permanent scars after subjecting him to "the most terrifying incident of his career" has been jailed.
Adam Burgin (29), of South Vale Drive, Thrybergh, was locked up for 20 months at Sheffield Crown Court today (Tuesday) for an attack on PC Dan Lumley (pictured, below) which left the officer "traumatised".
PC Lumley had attended reports of a disturbance on Pingles Crescent, Thrybergh, with his dog, PD Vinnie.
Burgin had been damaging motor vehicles, threatening to kill members of his family and assault others, the court heard.
PC Lumley was alone when he arrived at the scene but could see that people were scared and decided to get out of his car.
Judge Mrs Recorder Kate Batty told Burgin: "So determined was the look on your face that [PC Lumley] knew in that moment you were going to assault him."
PC Lumley used PAVA spray on Burgin, which Mrs Batty described as a "reasonable step to take in the circumstances", and Burgin pushed the officer to the ground.
The officer managed to regain control and pin Burgin to the ground but there was a struggle and, when Burgin broke free, he straddled PC Lumley and punched him repeatedly, the judge said.
As Burgin walked away, he shouted, "You f*** with me, bruv," Mrs Batty said.
PC Lumley suffered a broken nose, injuries to his left eye, and required ongoing treatment for loss of smell, police said.
He was left with permanent scarring to his face.
Burgin was found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court last Thursday of section 47 assault following the incident on September 2 last year.
Recorder Mrs Kate Batty said: "Our police officers must be protected - their job requires them to put themselves at risk every single working day.
"That officer did not want to get out of the car that night when he was alone but he realised there were people there that were scared and could be harmed by you.
"For his trouble, he found himself on the receiving end of the most terrifying incident of his career.
"He is still now traumatised by what happened that night."
After the verdict, PC Lumley said: "Following the incident, I questioned why I joined the police force and if I wanted to continue with policing as a career.
"When you sign up to be a police officer, you do so because you want to help the people in your community. You want them to be safe, and for them to feel protected.
"I have a family at home and I don't go to work to be assaulted. Regardless of the circumstances, we don't deserve to be treated in that way."
PC Lumley added that as he had arrived on the scene, the 999 caller and associates of Burgin had been in distress from Burgin's actions.
He said: "I was trying to protect them and their property, and I ended up being seriously assaulted.
"Unfortunately, police officers, as well as ambulance and fire colleagues, face a very real chance of being assaulted at work - it is not part of the job and we do not tolerate it.
"I'm pleased I am now in a positive place, and PD Vinnie and I have continued to work as a team. As public servants, these incidents have an effect on our wellbeing that should not be underestimated."
Investigating Officer Emma Parsons added: "Police officers go above and beyond in their duties to protect people. Under no circumstances should they be the victim of an assault, whether that be physical or verbal."