Cop receives gruesome injury in the line of duty
IF you're squeamish, you may want to look away from the photo above.
This is the gruesome injury suffered by an Ipswich policeman after a 33-year-old man twisted his finger in a violent attack.
The officer, who wished not to be named, had been called to an address in Lowood after it was reported that a man had been threatening people with a machete.
When the officer arrived, he found tip-truck driver Todd Edwin Power who was without a weapon but behaving in an aggressive manner.
As the policeman attempted to detain Power, the father of two grabbed the officer's fingers and twisted them violently.
He then punched the officer in the stomach several times. The attack took place on July 16, last year.
Power appeared in Ipswich District Court this week, charged with causing grievous bodily harm and assault or obstruct police.
Crown prosecutor Jane Shaw said the injury to the victim's finger had required surgery, intensive post-operative therapy and ongoing treatment.
Ms Shaw said the officer had sustained a comminuted fracture which meant the bone had been broken or splintered into a number of pieces.
The finger injury also included a rotated fracture, where one piece of bone turned around when it broke.
In a victim impact statement, the officer said he had suffered considerable, ongoing pain.
He said for weeks the injury left him unable to drive, play with his children or do things as fundamental as tying his shoe laces.
As a result he was out of work for months and had only recently been cleared to return to full duties.
Defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said Power was heavily intoxicated when he attacked the police officer.
On the night of the incident, Power had been involved in a heated argument with some other people when the police arrived.
Mr Seaholme said his client had not intended to inflict such a serious injury on the officer and was remorseful for what had happened.
A psychological report showed Power had anger management and impulse control issues as well as a problem with substance abuse.
In sentencing, Judge Sarah Bradley told the Lowood dad he had acted in a "violent and thuggish" manner.
She noted Power was arrested for a serious assault of a police officer in September last year - two months after the incident in July.
"There is no excuse for assaulting police," she said.
"Police officers need to be protected by the courts and by the law."
Power was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and will be eligible for release on parole after 14 months.