Jail for punching police

Last updated 11:30 07/03/2014

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A New Plymouth man who gave a police officer a bleeding nose has gone to jail for a year.

Shez William Bristol, 39 was arrested by police on February 20 at 9.30pm when he and two friends gate-crashed a party and refused to leave.

In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday, Bristol pleaded guilty to assaulting three police officers after refusing to allow himself to be searched.One was punched in the face several times and given a blood nose and two others were kicked in the thigh. One narrowly avoided being bitten.

In his victim impact statement the punched officer said the impact was more significant on his family.

Bristol appeared hell bent on confrontation, the officer said.

Judge Allan Roberts said Bristol had 40 convictions, 11 of which led to prison sentences.

His daily focus appeared to be  on securing alcohol and probably drugs.In sentencing Bristol to 12 months jail, the judge remitted the defendant's $756 in unpaid fines.

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