Policeman who had a chunk of his ear bitten off says there is 'no respect' for ...

Francis (pictured) tore off the police officer's ear during a stop and search in Brixton, south London 

Francis (pictured) tore off the police officer's ear during a stop and search in Brixton, south London 

A policeman who had a chunk of his ear bitten off as he searched a thug said there is ‘no respect’ for the uniform any more as he saw his attacker jailed for seven years.

Shayhon Francis, 23, spat 50-year-old PC Andrew Burton's ear out onto the pavement after the ferocious attack in Brixton, south London. 

The piece could not be reattached despite being recovered. 

A judge told the defendant he had disgraced his hard-working family as his mother sobbed in the public gallery.

PC Burton was conducting a stop and search when Francis tore the piece from his ear on Halloween after head-butting the officer, London Crown Court heard.  

Speaking after the sentence, PC Burton said: 'I’m clearly 50-years-old. I’m an old PC. 

'There’s no respect for the uniform or for the age anymore. It’s a "me me me" culture from what it seems.

'I will continue to patrol in my community and I will continue to challenge those where grounds exist.

'It made my wife and children sad that I was assaulted in this manner.'

Francis attacked the officer when he was stopped last year and the pair ended up wrestling on the ground.

PC Andrew Burton (pictured) was left with a chunk of his ear missing when Francis bit a 2cm by 1cm piece out of it that could not be reattached

PC Andrew Burton was left with a chunk of his ear missing (pictured, his ear after the attack) when Francis bit a 2cm by 1cm piece out of it that could not be reattached

PC Andrew Burton (pictured) was left with a chunk of his ear missing (right, after the attack) when Francis bit a 2cm by 1cm piece out of it that could not be reattached

The young father, who had left school with 10 GCSEs and was said to come 'from a good and hardworking background', claimed he only 'nipped' the officer because he was struggling to breathe.

He head butted the officer 'without warning' as he approached Francis to conduct a drugs search,' the court heard.

Francis says he was struggling to breath and bit the officer's ear because he could not speak to tell him he was in danger. 

'We was rolling around on the floor for about a few seconds then he managed to get on top of me.

'He had one arm across my throat, my neck, and the other was holding one of my arms.'

He told jurors he tried to push the PC off and added: 'Then I nipped him in the ear because the push did not work.

'I was struggling to breathe, I couldn’t even speak to let him know he was causing me harm.'

He denied stamping on the officer’s face during the 28-second incident after prosecutor Paul Fairley said: 'The PC says almost like a parting shot a stamp on the head or a stamp on the side of the

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