A HEROIN addict who lashed out and injured a police officer while in custody has been spared jail.
Vincent Brian Brown, 49, of Harrison Close, Northwood, was suffering from withdrawal symptoms after going 'cold turkey' for three days, Uxbridge Magistrates' Court heard last Thursday.
He was brought to West Drayton Police Station to have his fingerprints taken for a separate burglary investigation, but after the machine malfunctioned he got angry and clenched his hands into fists.
Officers were unable to take the prints and Brown was taken to a cell to calm down.
PC Sarah Fordham had her hand on the open cell door when Brown kicked out, injuring her fingers and causing cuts and swelling.
She later had to go to hospital for treatment. The court heard that had PC Fordham's fingers been in the door, they probably would have been severed.
Meena Shinh-Chopra, defending, told the court: "Mr Brown was not in a good state and was upset about being wrongfully arrested.
"He was dragged into a cell and was shouted at by police officers but he accepts that he kicked out at the door in anger and that his actions were reckless.
"On the day in question he was withdrawing from heroin but he has been out of trouble since his last conviction in June 2008.
"He was merely walking down the street and unfortunately somehow he managed to get into this mess.
"Since the offence he has not taken any drugs and he is on the straight and narrow.
"He is very sorry for what happened to the police officer."
Brown, who is unemployed and on benefits, denied common assault but changed his plea before going to trial.
Richard Sacker, chairman of the bench, handed Brown to an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, before warning him that should he commit another offence he would end up serving the time.
Brown is also subject to a seven-day curfew between 7pm and 7am and will be electronically tagged for four months.