Psych report for cop basher

A MAN who brutally bashed a police officer in his Wallsend home stood on his bed and said, ‘‘look at you and look at me’’, before launching himself at the policeman, a statement of facts tendered to Newcastle Local Court said.

Daniel Pettersson, 24, pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of assaulting police, two counts of common assault and one count of resisting arrest after fighting with two officers in his Close Street home on Saturday.

The policeman was treated in John Hunter Hospital for cuts and bruises to his face and body and a possible broken nose, the statement said.

Police arrived at Pettersson’s home at 10.40pm after he had assaulted his former girlfriend at a party earlier in the night.

He refused to go with the officers before they followed him into his bedroom. He lay on the bed and refused to get up while the officers were unable to get his arms together to handcuff him.

Pettersson then stood on the bed and said: ‘‘What are you going to do about it? Look at you and look at me.’’

He then launched himself at the male officer and punched him in the face several times.

Capsicum spray had no effect on Pettersson, but it did blind or partially blind the two officers.

The female officer tried to help by striking Pettersson across the legs with her extendable baton.

They were eventually able to taser Pettersson just as he was approaching the female officer with his fists clenched.

Magistrate Ian Cheetham refused bail and ordered a psychiatric report be prepared before Pettersson is sentenced in March.

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