He was sentenced to 22 months in prison, suspended for three years Automatic Three-member Misdemeanor Court Thessaloniki a 32-year-old man who attacked police officers when they arrived at his home to investigate a domestic violence complaint.
The man was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm, verbal abuse and violence against officers, and was acquitted of domestic violence charges.
As it became known during the hearing, everything happened at midnight on Sunday (20/11) when the Center for Immediate Action received two calls from citizens about an incident of domestic violence in an apartment in eastern Thessaloniki.
Her crew Immediate Action immediately arrived in a patrol car at the scene and the two police officers entered the apartment building in order to locate the house. Then, as they described today in court, they rang the doorbell of the home they had indicated and the 32-year-old man opened the door, telling them to go inside the house.
The police officers they asked him where his wife was, with the intention of speaking with her and making sure she was okay, after neighbors had reported hearing commotion and a woman calling for help.
“As soon as we entered the house, he suddenly closed the door with a lot of force, put the latch and locked us inside. He shouted “I’m afraid of you”, “you’ve been coming to our house for a long time”. We asked where the woman was and she told us she was breastfeeding, while she started to push me and put a drop in my eye.” the policeman who was attacked described in his testimony.
“As soon as she came, the woman had bruises on her face and scratches. She was yelling at us to leave her husband. Then the accused attacked me with kicks and punches, I pushed him away, I could see that the situation was getting worse. I tried three times to open the door, the third time I managed to remove the latch and get out.” write down.
The witness told the court that violence against him from 32 did not stop there, since his attacked again in the hallway of the apartment building and nearly passed out. “He grabbed me in a headlock by the neck to choke me when I was in the hallway. He didn’t understand, he was running amok. He wasn’t drunk, he looked like he had been drinking, he smelled of alcohol. I couldn’t react from the headlock and almost passed out. My colleague saved me,” said the police officer, while his colleagues confirmed his testimony.
“Dbefore we could say anything, he grabbed us straight away. As soon as we got our hands off my neck, my colleague and I went downstairs to call for backup, as if we continued we were in trouble and would get knocked out. Five minutes later he came down and told us “guys, guys”, “I’m your instructor”, “you came here to do magic”, “come up to see you”. We were giving him orders to calm down. Colleagues from the Z team came and we managed to tie him up to arrest him”noted the policeman, stressing that the man resisted during the arrest and that he shut down two machines of group Z, without being able to drop them.
“He was punching my colleague in the head and body, trying to grab him by the neck.” testified, among others, the second police officer who entered the apartment.
The district attorney mentioned several times to the policemen that they had no right to enter the couple’s apartment without a warrant from a judicial officer, with the police officer who was first attacked replying that “we can enter normally when we have indications from the whole neighborhood that human life is at risk.”
The young mother’s testimony
The first to testify in court was 27 year old wife of the defendant, as the 32-year-old also faced the charge of domestic violence against her.
THE woman he described in detail what happened on Saturday afternoon, until midnight on Sunday when the police appeared at the entrance of their house. As he said, that day they had gathered at their home with friends to celebrate the birth of their daughter, who was 40 days old. Her husband consumed alcohol at 6pm, which was unusual for him as he is a track and field athlete.
“Just before 12 midnight his friends decided to leave and my husband wanted to follow them to go out and have fun. I didn’t want to and I told him to stay with me to help me with the child, to clean up and that he had drunk too much and I didn’t want him to leave. There was tension, we shouted very loudly, like all couples, but my husband did not hit me. We were both shouting. The baby woke up and I went to nurse. At that moment I heard the bell”the woman initially reported.
She claimed in her testimony that from bedroom she heard her husband who answered the door yell at the officers, “Eh.you have a gun, you came into my house and you have a gun and I don’t,” explaining that one of the two officers was holding his gun holster. “When the police asked me, they said nothing was wrong. One was holding my husband by the wrist and at one point wanted to handcuff him. My partner nudged him with his head.” he reported.
Shortly before breaking down in tears, she told the court that her husband “he is a wonderful partner and a wonderful father. It is unfair that he is deprived of his child. He needs his daddy, he’s only 50 days old. I want us to go home, for all this to end. He was very stunned in front of the police, he’s a wonderful person.”
THE 32 years old in his apology, he asked for a great deal of sympathy from the police for what happened in the early hours of Sunday and claimed that he was not himself. She said that they were celebrating their daughter’s 40th birthday and that she drank alcohol when she is not used to it.
“We said to go for a drink but my wife was negative and started complaining. I was shouting, I wanted to have fun for once and I was telling her not to spoil it for me. I wanted to go out and he wouldn’t let me. She began to cry and withdrew“, he said, stressing that “I never hit her and I’m not going to hit her.”
The accused in his apology stated that when the police entered their house, he saw the weapons they had in their case and explained to them that he did not hit his wife. He claimed that he cursed when he saw it two policemen at the entrance of the apartment building to push his wife who was holding the baby in her arms, while he complained that he was a victim of police brutality.
THE 32 years old he told the court that the officers kicked him in the body, while denying that he hit them, that he did a headlock and that he threw pellets at the first officer. “I didn’t resist. They hit me in the eye with kicks. They were pushing me, I tripped over the machine. Outside the department they dragged me by the handcuffs and beat me“, he argued.
It is noted that the defendant appeared in court with bruises on his face, however no police officer testified that excessive force was used during the investigation of the complaint and the arrest, nor when they arrived at the Police Station.