Dut kicked female cops, then boasted he’d be freed. Now he will be
He “roundhouse” kicked one officer to the face, head and shoulder before eventually being subdued. The other officer was kicked to the legs.
At the police station Dut later told investigators that he was happy he kicked the ‘‘s—dogs in the head’’ and that he would shoot them with their own guns.
He labelled the arresting officers just ‘‘a bunch of girls’’ who he’d happily kill and that he’d get away with it as no magistrate would lock him up because he was black.
Dut was born in Kenya before moving to Australia with his family in 2004.
He played local football well, even being paid to play at one time but when he later stopped working he started drinking on a daily basis.
The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to the attack on police.
During Friday’s emotional sentencing, the victims wiped away tears as the extent of their injuries and ongoing trauma was revealed.
One officer has since had to undergo shoulder surgery with the other having to tell her family about the serious threats Dut had made.
During her victim impact statement read to the court, Acting Sergeant Meredith Grisold said that during her 12 years as a police officer, she’d never been involved in such an incident.
Acting Sergeant Grisold said she felt as if she had been ‘‘fighting to save her life and her partner’’.
Outside court, Acting Sergeant Grisold told the media that the incident had been very difficult to deal with.
‘‘No one should have to go through death threats and the extent of injuries that we sustained in that assault,’’ she said.
Justice Wendy Wilmoth sentenced Dut to 12 months’ jail and ordered he undergo a two-year community corrections order. Dut, who has already spent 18 months in detention, will be released sometime on Friday.
He must also perform 150 hours of unpaid community work and pay $1500 in fines and he will be disqualified from driving for 10 months.
Erin covers crime for The Age. Most recently she was a police reporter at the Geelong Advertiser.