A thug who hauled petrol over police following a wreckless high-speed chase has been jailed for three years.
Brute Justin Jackson, 28, was caged yesterday for three years and nine months for the attack that had police fearing for their lives.
Basildon Crown Court heard how police tried to arrest a youth for joyriding around Basildon, Essex, on a stolen motorbike before nearby bystanders tried to block them from doing so.
It was at this point that Jackson grabbed a watering can full of petrol and doused the cops with it.
Prosecution lawyer, Joe Bird, said: “One described being unable to see, having his head in his hands on the floor, not knowing what was going to happen to him or how he was going to get out of the situation.”
He added: “They realised it was petrol and they were involved in a very serious incident with a number of members of the public and they thought this could get quite considerably worse.
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“They thought they could be set alight and left with significantly worse injuries, if not killed.”
The Sun’s report of the case continued, with Temporary Superintendent Jonathan Baldwin who, reading a victim-impact statement in court, said: “At the time of the of the incident while being covered with petrol I remember thinking ‘we could all go up in flames here like Roman candles’.”
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He added: “This was, in my view, a calculated attack carried out without regard for the lives of police officers, their loved ones and others who were nearby at the time.”
Judge Samantha Cohen said the experience will have terrified the officers.
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She then praised the police involved calling them a “credit to the force”.
Jackson’s mum Janine, 47, had denied possessing an offensive weapon, but was found guilty at trial and sentenced to nine months behind bars suspended for 18 months and was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service.
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