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PostSubject: Man gets jail for igniting policeman   June 18th 2010, 1:25 pm

A man who set fire to a constable who caught him damaging police vehicles in Perth has been sentenced to 30 months in jail.

Anthony Galea, 40, has been in custody for more than 15 months after committing the offences in February last year, making him immediately eligible for parole.

In the District Court in Perth on Friday, Judge Andrew Stavrianou sentenced Galea on one count of assault, three counts of wilful damage and one of escaping legal custody.

In the early hours of February 24 last year, Constable Mark Ferguson was conducting a routine car park check at the Warwick Police Station in Perth's north when he saw a man crouching between cars.

Judge Stavrianou said the constable chased Galea down, put him in a headlock and while they struggled felt liquid splash on his face and chest then saw flames.

Galea was also set alight and while Const Ferguson tried to douse the flames before realising he too was alight, the offender escaped, the judge said.

Galea escaped a police net and the constable was taken to Royal Perth Hospital to be treated for superficial burns to his calf.

Later that day police spoke to a pharmacist who had given Galea treatments for serious burns and then went to Galea's home in Balga in Perth's north where he was arrested.

Police found that Galea had caused more than $2500 of damage to vehicles by puncturing tyres and forcing petrol caps.

Judge Stavrianou said it was fortunate Const Ferguson was not seriously injured, but it was a serious assault.

"Offending against public officers must be deterred," he said.

"The safety of police officers lawfully carrying out their duties is a matter of prime importance."

In sentencing, Judge Stavrianou said he took into account Galea's psychiatric impairments that reduced his culpability in the offences he committed.

He noted Galea had suffered a head injury, was diagnosed as having a borderline personality disorder, had an ill partner and had lost work as a stonemason because of a work accident.

He had been drinking and had taken drugs on the night of the offences.

Galea was sentenced to 18 months in prison on the charge of assault and a further 12 months on three counts of wilful damage plus two months for escaping legal custody, the last to be served concurrently.
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PostSubject: Re: Man gets jail for igniting policeman   June 18th 2010, 2:34 pm

omg what is wrong with people these days
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