A BRACE officer has slammed the court system for letting a suspect who spat blood in his face walk free.
PC Rhys Linge launched the withering attack after he was covered in bloody spit during an emergency call out to a man who was smashing up a home.
The cop and his colleagues brought the suspect, Alexander Fleck, under control and gave him first aid as he was bleeding heavily from his face.
But as the 22-year-old was being led away he suddenly spat, covering PC Linge’s face, glasses and radio with bloody saliva.
The disgusting assault meant the Essex police officer had a “traumatic” wait for the results of hospital tests to ensure he had not been infected with a disease.
But when Fleck appeared before magistrates, he was handed a 12-month community order and told to pay the brave officer £50 compensation.
Incredibly Fleck, of Clacton, Essex, had already been before the courts for assaulting another police officer in August 2017.
PC Linge said: “If a magistrate was spat at I’m sure it would be a different outcome.
“The fact that this man is out again and the fact that the [compensation] money is such a low amount.
“There is no deterrent, and obviously members of the public now are going to view that as well.
“They feel that, and we feel that the courts have let us down yet again as they do quite often when it comes to assaults on officers.
“It is just me and my colleagues fighting the world. That’s how it feels. It’s so disappointing.
“The courts are supposed to be there to finish off the second part of what we do, and they don’t, more often than not.”
Fleck pleaded guilty to criminal damage when he appeared before Colchester Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.
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He was handed a 12-month community order and a rehabilitation activity requirement for 40 days and treatment programme requirement for 29 days.
A spokesman for the Judicial Office said: “All judges and magistrates deal with each case individually.
“They are required to base their sentencing decisions on the facts of each case and within the relevant sentencing guidelines for the offence.”
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