A MAN faces seven and a half years in prison after being accused of assaulting a police officer with a metal bar while robbing his house in Almeria province.
The accused was robbing the house of a local policeman with several companions, who have not been identified by police, and attacked the officer with a metal bar after they were caught in the act.
Upon discovering the men in his house, the victim reportedly identified himself as a police officer and pointed his gun at the thief, telling him to lie on the ground and put his hands on his head.
Instead the culprit allegedly picked up a metal rod from the ground and tackled the officer, hitting him several times in the stomach.
The victim was eventually able to overpower his attacker, who was arrested for attempted theft and assaulting a police officer.
The defendant has also been asked to pay the officer more than €1,000 for the damages caused during the break in and a further €600 for the injuries he inflicted.