Man jailed for escaping custody and injuring police officer

LAW CATCHES UP: Man who escaped custody and injured police officer has jail time extended. FILE PHOTO
LAW CATCHES UP: Man who escaped custody and injured police officer has jail time extended. FILE PHOTO

A man who escaped custody twice and injured a police officer when resisting arrest has been sentenced to six months jail. 

Justin Edwards, 23, of McCabe Street, Enngonia, pleaded guilty to the three offences, which took place in Orange on January 1 and 2 when police tried to arrest him on outstanding warrants.

Edwards appeared in Orange Local Court via audio visual link on Monday. His solicitor Nidal Abdi said he was currently serving parole with four months left to serve and had been in custody since January 5.

Magistrate Terry Lucas added to that time in custody when he sentenced Edwards to six months jail for each offence backdated to January 5 with a release date of July 4.

Edwards first escaped custody when he broke free from police as he was being led out of a house in Sir Neville Howse Place at 5.30pm on January 1.

At 5.20pm police visited the house after receiving information Edwards was there.

During a search of the house they came across a locked bedroom door and a woman yelled out for them to go away when they banged on the door.

However, they forced entry after police outside saw Edwards through the window.

Police arrested Edwards and were leading him out of the house when he broke free, jumped over fences of a nearby property and police lost sight of him.

Police again tracked Edwards down on January 2 when they heard he was at the house again.

At 2pm they arrived and saw Edwards run out the back door and through a hole in the back fence but police were waiting outside the fence and grabbed him.

During the arrest Edwards thrashed about hitting one of the constables in his mouth which started bleeding and Edwards slipped out of his shirt and ran away.

Police gave him a one second burst of OC spray and planned to taser him but were unable to arm it before he got away after jumping more fences.

He was finally arrested when police found him hiding under a bed at a house in Adina Crescent at 8.45am on January 5.