A man who assaulted a woman and then attacked a police officer with a metal pole in Kingston has been jailed.

Darren Parker, 43, was sentenced to to four years and four months’ imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court on April 7.

He previously pleaded guilty to three counts of actual bodily harm (ABH) against a woman, and one count of assault on an emergency worker.

His attacks against the woman happened over a sustained period since 2019, and came to a conclusion on the day he was arrested in Kingston on Halloween last year (October 31, 2020).

A statement from the Met Police described how they were called around 2.40pm that day to a home in Haylett Gardens in Kingston.

"On their way to the address, officers noticed a female in the street, visibly distressed, with significant injuries to her face and neck. They stopped and spoke to the woman.

"The victim, a woman in her 30s, alleged that she had been kept overnight, against her will, in the home of Darren Parker who had repeatedly assaulted her before she eventually managed to escape," the statement read.

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Police said they then arrived at Parker's address in the area and found him in a "highly agitated" state, brandishing a metal police.

"With the situation becoming more hostile, and Parker refusing to relinquish the metal pole, officers made the decision to discharge a police Taser.

"However, this had no physical effect on Parker who continued to brandish the metal pole towards them," the statement continued.

Parker reportedly then began hitting himself over the head with the pole, prompting the officers to move in and try to stop him hurting himself.

During the ensuing scuffle when trying to arrest Parker, PC Andy Cougar who attended was hit in the head.

"Parker was also verbally threatening and attempted to bite other officers in attendance," the Met described.

"PC Cougar went back out on patrol after receiving medical treatment.

"It was established that Parker had subjected the victim to multiple violent abusive episodes since 2019," it continued, adding the woman continued to received support from the police and had a restraining order placed on Parker for her safety by the court.

Following the sentencing, PC Cougar said:

"I’ll leave it to the public to imagine how terrifying it is to have to arrest a man like Parker who had a long history of violence.

"He was armed with a metal pole, high on class A drugs and two Taser activations had no effect on him.

"While arresting him, he continued to fight for several minutes, leaving me physically exhausted.

"I took punches to my face and head from Parker who was out of control. It was one of those incidents you never forget."