Man jailed after assaulting police officers

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A heavily intoxicated man who assaulted and resisted police when they tried to escort him off a community bus has been jailed for 20 months.

Robert Edema, 24, appeared before Penrith Local Court via videolink on Monday and pleaded guilty, on the day of the hearing, to three counts of ‘assault police’ and one count of ‘resist police’.

The court heard Edema, of St Marys, swung at police, threw punches and attempted to head butt the officers.

Magistrate Brian van Zuylen took into account his “very poor” criminal record, which included previous stints in jail, before sentencing him to 20 months behind bars with a 13-month non-parole period.

He is eligible for release on April 24, 2021.

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