Drunken man bit police officer

A FATHER who bit a police officer in a drunken rage is today awaiting his fate.Kenneth Grounsell, 40, of Downside Close, Ipswich, admitted being drunk and disorderly, assaulting a police officer and possessing an offensive weapon at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

A FATHER who bit a police officer in a drunken rage is today awaiting his fate.

Kenneth Grounsell, 40, of Downside Close, Ipswich, admitted being drunk and disorderly, assaulting a police officer and possessing an offensive weapon at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

Police were called to a disturbance at a house in Downside Close on July 30 this year and were met by Grounsell, who appeared drunk, the court heard.

When they asked the defendant to leave the area, he became aggressive and was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Grounsell resisted and began acting violently, forcing police to wrestle him to the floor so they could apply handcuffs.

While on the ground, Grounsell bit a police officer.

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Reading a statement from the police officer, prosecutor David Hutson, said: "The defendant raised his head and bit my leg. I examined my leg and it was bleeding."

When officers searched the defendant at the police station, they found a folding knife on his possession. There was no indication he was going to use it during the incident.

Grounsell also admitted to magistrates a breach of his conditional discharge, which was given to him following an assault on a social services worker in August last year.

Grounsell and his wife have had four children taken from them by social services because they have "deep-seated drinking problems".

His youngest child was taken away at birth shortly before the incident last year. Grounsell had agreed to meet a social worker at Ipswich train station so he could travel to see his son.

When the social worker failed to appear, he stormed into Suffolk County Council's social services department and assaulted a worker behind the reception desk. He admitted assault.

Mrs Grounsell also had a stillborn child in June this year. Mitigating, John Hughes said: "It was very traumatic. The stillbirth has been particularly traumatic for the mother."

The hearing was adjourned for sentencing on October 5 at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court and Grounsell has been released on conditional bail.

The prosecution have asked for £55 court costs and compensation for the police officer.