Man jailed for attack that left police officer partially blind

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A man who sprayed ammonia in a police officer’s face and left him partially blind has been jailed for 14 and a half years.

Paul Elliot, 46, sprayed Lancashire Police’s Sergeant Andy Gore full in the face with the substance while the officer was responding to a 999 call in the early hours of April 16.

Sergeant Gore, who has served the force for 22 years, was climbing the stairs in the house in Darwen when he was assaulted by Elliot.

He blacked out, fell back down stairs and was left struggling to breathe when he was taken to hospital by colleagues.

Paul Eliot pleaded guilty

Speaking of the ordeal in an interview on the Lancashire force’s website, Sgt Gore said: “I genuinely thought I was going to die”.

Despite numerous medical treatments, the victim remains blind in one eye.

He said the impact of the attack feels “like having your wings clipped; having your freedom taken away”.

In his Victim Impact Statement provided to the court he described the incident as the worst moment of his life when everything changed.

Sgt Gore's eye had to be sealed 

The defendant had escaped through a first floor window after the attack but was arrested a short time later.

Elliot pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court on Thursday to a charge of wounding and two counts of throwing a noxious substance with intent in relation to two other officers.

He was jailed for 14 years and six months, with four further years on licence.

Assistant Chief Constable Peter Lawson said: “This cowardly attack was in many ways an assault on all police officers and shows once again the dangers that our staff face and how they put their lives on the line each and every day to protect people”.

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