A Nowra man found guilty of spitting blood into a police officer's face has been jailed for two years.
Christopher Andrew Townend, 27, pleaded not guilty to assaulting police but guilty to two counts of hindering arrest.
In Nowra Local Court on Wednesday, June 12, Magistrate Gabriel Fleming found him guilty after hearing of the assault on police.
Court papers said police were called to a Hockey Street home in Nowra in the early hours of February 24, 2018 after reports two men were fighting.
Police attended the home around 4.43am and spoke to a woman at the property.
During their conversation police heard a loud bang at the rear of the home, with the woman saying they could go and have a look.
Police found Townend, who became aggressive toward officers, asking who had given them permission to enter the back yard and demanding a search warrant.
He told officers he would "talk to them out the front". When he appeared at the front door officers noticed he had a swollen bottom lip.
Police said as they approached the front door Townend pulled it shut to prevent entry.
Court papers said one of the officers grabbed the front of Townend's jumper to pull him away at which point he looked at the officer and spat in his face. His spittle contained blood from his injured lip.
Photos tendered to the court showed blood sprayed over the officer's face and shirt.
The court heard Townend was arrested but continued to wrestle with two officers and struck out with punches and kicks as he was being placed into the rear of the police vehicle, with officers using capsicum spray to subdue him before placing him in handcuffs.
Magistrate Fleming sentenced Townend to two years' jail with a non-parole period of six months.