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Man bit policewoman, court told

Wojciech Bednarz (40) targeted the officer after subjecting his partner to a similar alcohol-fuelled assault, prosecutors claimed

A MAN allegedly bit a policewoman and spat in her face as part of a potentially misogynistic attack, the High Court has heard.

Wojciech Bednarz (40) targeted her after subjecting his partner to a similar alcohol-fuelled assault, prosecutors claimed.

A judge branded the alleged offences "completely disgusting and unacceptable".

Bednarz, a Polish national from Irish Street in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, faces charges of causing grievous bodily harm, common assault and assault on police.

He is accused of becoming violent on October 9 this year following a row over his drinking.

Crown lawyer Natasha Fitzsimons claimed Bednarz grabbed and bit his partner on the thigh as she tried to leave their home.

Police called to the property discovered the defendant, heavily intoxicated, upstairs in bed.

As Bednarz was arrested by a female constable he allegedly sore at her.

While being taken into custody he allegedly continued shouting at the officer in Polish and then spat in her face.

Amid attempts to restrain the accused he grabbed the constable's hand and put it into his mouth, the court heard.

Counsel submitted: "He bit her thumb, causing soft tissue damage through all the layers of her skin."

The officer required emergency hospital treatment, including tests for HIV and other possible illnesses.

During interviews Bednarz claimed his partner would not have reported the initial incident in Poland.

"He said she only told police about the assault because she knows police here respect women," Ms Fitzsimons added.

"He stated that he couldn't recall biting either his partner or the constable because he was so drunk."

Defence barrister Conor Lunny told the court his client, a factory welder, has lived in Northern Ireland for nearly a decade.

Referring to the alleged attack, he acknowledged: "It's inexcusable."

Bednarz was granted bail on strict conditions, including a prohibition on contacting his partner or going near her address.

The judge, Sir Richard McLaughlin, told him: "What happened between you and this police officer was completely disgusting and completely unacceptable.

"It actually shows, possibly, some deep-seated misogynistic attitude because it was a female police officer you allegedly chose to attack in this way."

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