OK, perhaps we’d not expect the average male Plod to beat a special forces bloke in a hand fight but still:
Prosecutor Catherine Donnelly told Canterbury Crown Court officers Jessica Arnold and Marie Roostan initially tried to reason with Palmer however Palmer grabbed PC Arnold around the throat and pinned her to the stairs in the house.
PC Arnold told Judge Catherine Brown: “I have attended many volatile and aggressive situations in my time as a police officer and yet this incident is far beyond anything I have previously experienced.
“The level of violence that was directed at my colleague and I came from nowhere.
“I had just been assaulted and my colleague was being strangled, listening to me screaming at him to let go of her throat and hearing him repeatedly say he will choke her is hard to listen to.
“I felt a real threat that my friend and colleague would lose consciousness and that it was my responsibility to protect her.”
She added: “It was only the realisation of what he was doing I think, made him release his grip.”
Perhaps a more aggressive physical intervention might have been called for? If she were capable of it, of course.