Jailed for two years for “chilling” attack on woman

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A man who admitted a ‘chilling’ and ‘unprovoked’ assault on a woman has been jailed for two years.

Rodney James Bonnes, of Melrose Terrace, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two assaults on police, resisting police and criminal damage.

The charges relate to an incident on August 22, 2012.

Derry Crown Court heard the injured party was in Downey’s Bar when 29-year-old Bonnes offered to buy her a drink.

He then ‘started being rude and ignorant’ to her for no reason.

Bonnes ‘suddenly and seemingly without warning’ headbutted the injured party causing her to fall to the floor.

The court was told the 29-year-old continued to assault her, kicking and punching her as she lay on the ground.

Bonnes girlfriend managed to get him away from the injured party, however he went back and kicked her again.

The court heard the ‘chilling’ assault was captured on CCTV and was ‘unprovoked’.

As a result of the attack the injured party was left with a swollen nose and bruises to her cheeks, shins, thighs and arms.

Police were called and Bonnes continued to behave in an ‘aggressive and abusive’ manner.

He spat at one police officer and struck a second. As a result of his behaviour, cs spray had to be deployed.

The 29-year-old was put into a police vehicle and spat inside it a number or times.

When he was being searched at the custody suite by a civilian detention officer, Bonnes bit him on the left arm.

It was revealed the detention officer had to strike the 29-year-old three times to make him release his teeth as they were ‘clamped into his arm’.

The officer was left with a wound and had to have a tetanus immunisation and antibiotics.

Following the incident the court heard that threats had been posted on the injured party’s facebook account, including ‘implied threats against her children’.

It was revealed Bonnes has 71 previous convictions, including two previous for biting police officers.

Passing sentence, Judge Phillip Babington said the assault on the female was ‘sustained and repeated’.

He added that it was an aggravating factor that it took place in public and that the victim was ‘helpless’ and lying on the ground for much of it.

The judge said this assault was ‘totally unprovoked’ and ‘extremely cowardly’.

In relation to the assault on the civilian detention officer, the judge said it was ‘completely unacceptable’, ‘nasty’ and ‘unwarranted’.

Bonnes was jailed for two years and on his release must serve a further two years on licence.