A POLICE officer faces months of anguish to see if he has been infected by an attacker’s blood while making an arrest.
The officer was called to a house in Jarrow after Marc Brunton held a knife to his girlfriend’s throat, and threatened to kill her during a row.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 23-year-old spat at two policemen as they tried to arrest him.
Brunton got involved in a struggle with one of the officers, which led to the constable suffering a deep cut to his elbow, an injury to his forearm and another to his thumb.
Caroline McGurk, prosecuting, said: “The injuries to the officer’s forearm and thumb were contaminated with the defendant’s blood.
“As a result of this, the officer has had to have a hepatitis B booster and will need follow-up blood tests to check whether he has been infected with any blood borne disease.”
Miss McGurk said the constable was unable to carry out duties as a uniformed response officer due to his injuries.
The court heard it is unclear whether Brunton was bleeding, as he had smashed two windows at the address, or whether he had injured himself with the knife.
Miss McGurk told the court the trouble broke out on October 19 when Brunton picked up a knife during a row at his girlfriend’s home.
She said: “He threatened to cut her throat and held the knife to her throat as he did this.
“She continued to argue but she has stated she was terrified at this point and really believed he would kill her. He then kicked her left leg and spat in her face.
“He went outside and smashed the living room and kitchen windows and threatened her as he did this.
“He was shouting ‘You are dead, I’m going to kill you’.”
Mr Recorder Paul Reid sentenced Brunton to 15 months behind bars and ordered him to stay away from his now ex-girlfriend under the terms of a restraining order.
Brunton, of Inverness Road, Jarrow, had pleaded guilty to affray, two charges of common assault and criminal damage.