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Jail for brutal attacker who left officer black and blue after trying to diffuse domestic incident.

Clover Johnson: Jailed for eight years

Clover Johnson: Jailed for eight years

Date - 8th March 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle
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A female officer who sustained 11 fractures in a terrifying attempted arrest drama has been hailed a “lifesaver” for rescuing a woman from her violent partner.

Heroic PC Julie Thomas began her nightmare ordeal by trying to diffuse a domestic situation when she spotted Clover Johnson hammering on a bus window in a bid to reach his battered girlfriend taking refuge on board the vehicle.

Minutes earlier Johnson had punched the woman in the face as he tried bullying her into dropping her police statement following a previous domestic assault that left her with a broken nose.

The West Midlands officer pulled the 52-year-old away from the bus, parked at the Walsall depot, and gave chase as he made a dash for his car.

But as she clung to the driver’s door he accelerated away and crushed her against a traffic light post.

The 50-year-old PC – part of the force’s Safer Travel team, policing the region’s public transport network – suffered a head injury, broken ribs and a punctured lung – 11 fractures across her bruised and battered body.

She spent 10 days in hospital recovering from her injuries. It was five months before she returned to work, although she is still not back on frontline duties.

Her attacker sped away from the scene and dumped his car where it was later recovered by officers. An appeal led to Clover being found hiding in a cupboard where he was arrested.

Clover, who was originally charged with grievous bodily harm, assault, actual bodily harm and causing serious injury by dangerous driving, was jailed for eight years at Wolverhampton Crown Court this week.

Safer Travel Inspector Rachel Crump praised PC Thomas’s actions in helping put a vicious domestic abuse offender behind bars.

She added: “Clover has a history of serious domestic abuse; he’d already seriously injured a woman and my fear is that the level of violence he was using could have escalated and potentially put the woman’s life at risk.

“Julie was on duty at the bus station on an operation to protect passengers – but very quickly she found herself called to confront a dangerous man who was clearly intent on harming his partner.

“What she did was extremely courageous and in my view may well, in the long run, have saved the life of the woman who’d been suffering at his hands.

“Julie is still going through intensive rehabilitation and physio for her injuries but she was determined to get back to work in some capacity. She returned at the start of February and she’s hopeful of getting back on frontline duties soon.”

The charge of assault causing actual bodily harm was left to lie on the court file.

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Respect Julie, hope you're fit and well soon.

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Best wishes for a full recovery to the officer. I hope she is able to get back on the front line, for the public's sake as well as her own. 

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