Thug jailed for 'using his teeth as weapon' to bite off part of policeman’s ear

Louey Kostromin was being arrested when he attacked PC Callum Burke. (SWNS)

A man who bit off half a police officer’s ear has been jailed for eight years for the ‘truly shocking’ attack.

Louey Kostromin, 37, was convicted after ‘using his teeth as a weapon’ to attack PC Callum Burke who was left in need of eight stitches.

The thug attacked the police officer when he was arrested by probation officers in Northampton in August last year.

Kostromin, of no fixed address, punched the first officer who went to arrest him, then grabbed PC Burke and bit a part of his ear off.

The police officer who was attacked is now no longer able to carry out frontline police duties. (SWNS)

He was jailed at Northampton Crown Court after he was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and assaulting a constable on duty.

Judge Adrienne Lucking 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.”

The court heard he had been convicted of 39 previous offences. (SWNS)

The court heard that police officer PC Callum Burke who was attacked now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and can no longer work on the frontline.

Kostromin had 39 previous convictions, including two previous assaults on police officers, possession of a samurai sword, possession of drugs and robbery.

Detective Sergeant 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.

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“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.”

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