Jail time ordered for attack on police officer

A Nanaimo man was sentenced Wednesday for attacking a police officer outside the Great Canadian Casino downtown last May.

A Nanaimo man was sentenced to jail time Wednesday for attacking a police officer outside the Great Canadian Casino downtown last May.

Jason Joseph Speare pleaded guilty to one charge of assaulting a police officer in Nanaimo provincial court and was sentenced to 10 months jail, 12 months probation and a 10-year firearms prohibition.

On May 12, a female officer suffered multiple injuries when she was sent to help Speare after he called police saying he was assaulted.

Speare punched the officer repeatedly in the head, face and stomach and tried to take her gun before a casino security guard intervened to help subdue Speare.