A SNARLING thug caught on CCTV biting a police officer’s ear half off in a terrifying attack has been jailed for eight years for ‘using his teeth as a weapon’.
Shocking footage shows Louey Kostromin, 37, launch a frenzied attack on a group of cops as they attempted to restrain him.
He was wanted on recall to prison when he was arrested at probation officers on Bridge Street, Northampton, on August 6 last year.
When the officers arrived, Kostromin became violent towards them, grabbing PC Callum Burke by the throat and repeatedly biting him.
The officer had half his ear bitten off and needed eight stitches while another cop was punched in the face.
Kostromin, of no fixed address, was jailed for eight years yesterday after he was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty.
Sentencing him at Northampton Crown Court, Judge Adrienne Lucking told Kostromin he used his teeth ‘as a weapon’.
She said: ‘Body-worn video of the officers shows they were patient and calm, when you punched one officer in the jaw.
‘The officers tried to detain you, but you grabbed one PC by the neck with your hand and launched an attack with your teeth, holding on for around 15 seconds.’
PC Burke told the trial that Kostromin ‘grabbed me by the neck’ and said he felt a ‘throbbing, searing pain straight away’ and was left with the top of his ear hanging off.
Kostromin also bit PC Burke’s right arm and tried to bite his thigh.
The court heard PC Burke now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and is unable to carry out frontline duties.
The court was told Kostromin had 39 previous convictions, including two previous assaults on police officers, possession of a samurai sword, possession of drugs and robbery.
Kostromin was ordered to serve an extended sentence of 11 years and ten months for the GBH, of which seven years and ten months will be in prison, plus a further four years on licence.
Speaking outside court, Det Sgt Karl Curtis, of Northamptonshire Police CID, said: ‘The assault Kostromin carried out against these officers as they simply tried to do their jobs was truly shocking.
‘He employed his teeth as a weapon and even when restrained continued to bite and lash out.
‘The officers showed commendable courage and professionalism in ensuring Kostromin was detained despite his feral behaviour, and it’s gratifying to see his sentence reflect both the seriousness of what he did as well as the considerable level of danger he poses to society.’
Asst Chf Con Simon Blatchly added: ‘The level of violence involved in this offence is shocking and I welcome this sentence as a demonstration that attacks on police officers are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.’