Man convicted of police officer assault

A 29-year-old Sheffield man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting and assaulting a police officer earlier this year.

Luca Jelic, of Scotland Street, Sheffield, had been on trial at Sheffield Crown Court charged with three counts of criminal damage, possession of a Class A drug, sexual assault and assault.

On Monday 1 October, Jelic was found guilty of all charges.

The court heard how, in the early hours of Friday 27 April, SYP officers responded to a call from a member of the public and found Jelic on Scotland Street.

When they arrived, Jelic was semi-naked, agitated and under the influence of alcohol and Class A drugs. He sexually assaulted one of the officers, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, as well as assaulting one police officer by biting her.

Detective Constable Sam Wardman, investigating officer, said: “I am pleased that Jelic has been convicted and now faces a custodial sentence for his crimes.

“His behaviour that night was truly despicable and must have been a frightening experience for those officers affected by this incident.”

Jelic has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced in November.

Superintendent Shelley Hemsley from Sheffield said: “The officers that responded to this incident were faced with a violent and dangerous situation, and they are to be commended for their bravery and professionalism.

“Our officers potentially face danger every time they respond to an incident, putting themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve the communities of South Yorkshire.

“Jelic’s conviction demonstrates our zero tolerance approach to assaults on our officers.”