Ukrainian who ran off with Brit bit cop dragging her out of lovers home

A Ukrainian refugee who ran off with a married British bloke has admitted to biting a policeman as she was dragged from her now ex-lover's home.

Sofiia Karkadym, 23, appeared at Bradford Magistrates' Court today (Monday, December 4) after she previously pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker as they tried to remove her from former partner Tony Garnett's house. Sofiia shacked up with Tony, 30, after he and his partner of 10 years – Lorna Garrett – signed up to take in a refugee fleeing Russia's invasion of the country.

The pair fell in love in May 2022 and left his family home just 10 days after Sofiia moved into the Bradford home Tony shared with Lorna, 28 – who is also the mother of his two daughters. The couple then moved into a rented home in the same city.

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However things quickly took a turn and Tony accused Sofiia of being abusive and drinking heavily. He claimed the pair would row as his new lover was jealous about his children.

The court heard Sofiia had been at her ex-lover's flat on May 29, 2023, and refused to leave the property. Police attended the scene at about 5pm after a neighbour complained of a commotion coming from inside, prosecutor Shabina Taj said.

Sofiia was "visibly upset" because her friend had been killed in the conflict, it is understood. A man then arrived at the flat and demanded his belongings, adding he wanted the defendant to be removed from the property.

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But while officers attempted to remove the woman several times, she refused to go. "The defendant was being very uncooperative during the whole hour," Mrs Taj told the court.

Sofiia was then placed in handcuffs by PC Andrew Jordinson but she managed to slip out of one of them. PC Jordinson and his colleague then picked her up and carried her out of the flat, cuffing her arms behind her back.

Addressing the court, PC Jordinson said: "The defendant looked down and then bit my hand between the thumb and finger in my right hand. I cried out and pushed her to the floor to prevent her biting again."

The court also heard Sofiia had displayed "erratic behaviour. "She was screaming and shouting on the way to the police station," said Mrs Taj.

Mitigating, Lisa Julian said Sofiia has been living in Ukraine and returned to Bradford specifically for her court case. She added after the invasion she had spent time in various parts of Europe before ending up in West Yorkshire.

On the specific incident involving PC Jordinson Mrs Julian said: "She had been drinking and had just found out her friend in the Ukraine had been killed."

Bench chairman Brian Outlaw said Sofiia's situation was "unusual" and she was ordered to pay £150 compensation. She is understood to be planning to return to Ukraine "as soon as possible."

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