A man who was in hospital after a road accident ended up having to be treated for something else when an X-ray showed a mobile phone stuffed up his backside.
Tommy Puhlhoffer, 32, was suffering from serious injuries after he was run over in September this year.
But as he was being X-rayed, the radiologist spotted the unusual foreign body.
Doctors at King’s College Hospital suspected it had been stolen, so notified the police.
Puhlhoffer, a career criminal, yelled racial abuse from his hospital bed at the Asian police officers who came to investigate, Inner London Crown Court heard.
He called an officer ‘a lanky c**t’ and yelled: ‘You’re a Muslim terrorist. Don’t stand by the window you’ll blow it up.’
Describing how Puhlhoffer was caught for his latest offences, prosecutor Denise Murrin said: ‘When an X-ray revealed something concealed in his rectum he was arrested on suspicion of theft.’
The prosecutor continued: ‘He tried to leave the bed and the defendant said he would kick the officer and would show him what would happen if someone touched him.’
Puhlhoffer scratched and dug his teeth into the officer’s left hand twice and threatened to pass on the HIV virus.
Ms Murrin continued: ‘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 his left hand. He went to the bathroom and washed his hands with cold water.
‘The defendant had made threats that he was HIV positive.
‘He said, “I’ve got HIV. I’ve got AIDS.”
Puhlhoffer lashed out on two other occasions after being transferred to another hospital where he received leg surgery.
Describing one incident, the prosecutor said: ‘He ripped a cannula out of his arm causing blood to start squirting out of his arm rapidly.
‘He grabbed the blood and began throwing it at the officer.’
Ms Murrin said Puhlhoffer yelled: ‘I hope you get HIV! My mother has it, I have it, and I hope you get it!” before fainting on the floor.
‘He was asked about the racial comment made to the officers and he said in interview he wasn’t racist and said he was a Muslim himself and had been so for 10 years.
‘He said he didn’t recall anything because he had a mental breakdown.’
Puhlhoffer was previously jailed for seven years in 2009 for a series of street robberies, then given another three years in 2015 for a knifepoint mugging and a bag snatch.
Judge Jeremy Donne told Puhlhoffer: ‘On 4 September you were in hospital after what appears to be a deliberate running down.
‘A number of police officers were with you in hospital.
‘An object was found concealed in your body.
‘You became extremely aggressive and abusive in particular against officer PC Chahal.
‘You dug your fingernails into his hand, breaking the skin.’
He appeared in court for a number of offences, including a police chase in February when he was caught stealing a black Volvo and in possession of a knife.
Puhlhoffer, dressed in a green t-shirt and of no fixed address, 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.
He was sent to jail for three years and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £190.
The owner of the phone has not been traced and no-one has come forward to claim it.
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