Thug bit PCSO after drug stash was found in Hartlepool street

Scales of justice
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A CONVICTED drug dealer tried to swallow his heroin stash when the police grabbed him in the street before going onto bite a PCSO.

Keith Casey, 20, chewed up an eight-milligramme wrap to destroy the evidence, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Casey was in Oxford Road, Hartlepool, when officers stopped him to carry out a Misuse of Drugs Act search.

He ran off and they saw him reach into his tracksuit bottoms and he stuffed something into his mouth.

Prosecuting, David Crook said the officers shouted “Don’t do it, don’t swallow it”, but by then Casey was chewing the heroin.

A brown substance came out of his mouth, and then he spat in onto the ground before grinding it into the dirt with his shoe.

It was later identified as an eight-milligramme wrap of the Class A drug.

But in the struggle Casey bit Police Community Service Officer Jamie Swainston’s hand causing her three puncture wounds.

After his arrest Casey was recalled to prison to continue serving a 27 months sentence imposed at Teesside Crown Court in November 2012 for possessing heroin with intent to supply.

He appeared at Teesside Crown Court by video link from Holme House Prison, Stockton, for a plea and management hearing and he pleaded guilty to the latest offences.

Jim Withyman, mitigating, said he had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Judge Howard Crowson told him: “I know that you have been recalled in relation to the last sentence, so this one should not add anything to that.”

Casey, of Warren Road, Hartlepool, was given a four month jail sentence which he will begin serving immediately after he pleaded guilty to obstructing an officer, possession of heroin,and common assault of an officer on Sunday, November 24, last year.