A police officer has been jailed for punching an autistic man in the head seven times during an arrest leaving him ‘disfigured’.
PC Jack Williams, 27, was caught on camera carrying out the brutal attack in the back of a police van.
A judge told Williams he ‘took out his rage’ on Tariq Evans, 23, in the ‘frankly shocking’ beating.
The court heard Mr Evans was chased by several police officers as he ran through Swansea suspected of criminal damage.
He was arrested and thrown ‘forcibly and unnecessarily’ into the back of a police van and then restrained with leg ties, handcuffs and a spit hood.
Footage played by another officer’s body camera recorded Mr Evans crying out in pain with Williams shouting abuse at him.
The officer then climbed into the back of the van and shouted ‘stop biting me’ before punching Mr Evans repeatedly in the head.
Williams denied assault by beating but was found guilty after a trial.
The footage recorded Williams punching Mr Evans seven times to the head but there was no evidence he had been bitten.
Mr Evans was never charged with any offence but suffered memory loss, nightmares and headaches, following the attack in October 2022.
Newport Magistrates Court was told Mr Evans suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.
District Judge Sophie Toms said Mr Evans ‘was in the most vulnerable position, he did not move, he did not deflect any punches’.
She added: ‘He was in a small metal cage unable to move or deflect the blows.
She said Williams had carried out a ‘persistent assault’ in an ‘abuse of power by someone in a position of trust’.
Jailing Williams, for 12 weeks, she told him: ‘You took your opportunity to take your rage out. Your behaviour was quite frankly, shocking.’
Speaking after the sentence, Mr Evans’s mother Sarah-Lee Evans, 52, said ‘justice has been served’.
She said she only learned of his arrest after seeing video of it on social media.
She said: ‘As soon as we heard his voice, I knew immediately that was my son. There were around six or seven coppers on top of him, but I could hear his voice and he was basically shouting out and calling for me and saying he hadn’t done anything wrong.’
She said when she arrived at the police station to see him he was ‘so disfigured, two big black eyes, red eyes, his face all out’.
Mrs Evans said she became emotional while watching footage of the attack in court adding, ‘seven times, that’s taking the law into your own hands’.