Doctors treating a man who had been seriously injured in a road accident were stunned when THEY spotted something unusual and unexpected on his X-rays.
Career criminal Tommy Puhlhoffer, who had apparently been deliberately run over, had a mobile phone hidden up his anus.
The astonished King’s College Hospital radiologist who saw the suspicious object thought it might be stolen, and contacted the police.
Puhlhoffer, 32, hurled abuse at the two police officers who came to question him, calling one of them a “lanky c***”. He called one of the officers, who is Asian, a “Muslim terrorist” and added “don’t stand by the window, you’ll blow it up.”
Prosecutor Denise Murrin told Inner London Crown Court that: “when an X-ray revealed something concealed in his rectum he was arrested on suspicion of theft.”
Puhlhoffer bit and scratched the officers, and claimed he would give them HIV, reports Metro.
Ms Murrin told the court: “The defendant began to scratch at his left hand and repeatedly dug his nails onto his left hand.
“His teeth touched his hands on two occasions there was blood dripping from the officer’s left hand."
She said that the defendant tried to intimidate the officers by claiming be infected with HIV. He pulled a cannula out of his arm, causing blood to spread around the room, and repeated “I’ve got HIV. I’ve got AIDS.”
Ms Murrin said he told them: “I hope you get HIV! My mother has it, I have it, and I hope you get it!”
When he was finally arrested he said he didn’t remember the racially offensive comment and claimed to have suffered a mental breakdown. He added that he was a Muslim himself and so couldn’t be Islamophobic.
Puhlhoffer. who has a long history of criminal activity, admitted three counts of harassment and seven counts of assault by beating an emergency worker.
He also admitted theft, dangerous driving, driving without insurance, possessing a bladed article and breaching of a suspended sentence.
Judge Jeremy Donne sentenced Puhlhoffer to three years in prison, and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £190.
Police were unable to trace the owner of the mobile phone that started the drama.
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