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Media captionGraphic footage from PC Stuart Outten’s body worn camera showed Rodwan punching the officer before grabbing a sharpened machete

A man has been jailed for repeatedly slashing a police officer with a machete in a “brutal and shocking” attack.

Muhammad Rodwan, 56, from Luton, slashed PC Stuart Outten, 29, after the van driver was pulled over by officers in Leyton, east London, in August.

Despite his injuries, the PC managed to Taser Rodwan twice, subduing him.

Jailing him for 16 years, Mrs Justice Carr said “arrogant” Rodwan had shown “not a shred of remorse or insight”.

A jury at the Old Bailey convicted him on Thursday of wounding but acquitted him of attempted murder.

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Muhammad Rodwan was convicted of wounding with intent but found not guilty of attempted murder

PC Outten suffered wounds to his head and hand from a 2ft-long blade after stopping Rodwan’s white van for having no insurance.

The judge told Rodwan: “This was a brutal and a shocking attack with a machete on a police officer carrying out his duties.”

  • ‘I thought I need to stop him or he will kill me’

She told Rodwan the situation was entirely of his own making, carried out while he was “in a rage”.

The judge added he had shown “belligerent arrogance”.

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PC Outten suffered six wounds to the head, including a fractured skull

During his trial, the defendant said he did not know Pc Outten had a Taser and had raised the machete up to “try to scare him away from me”.

Graphic footage from the police officer’s body worn camera showed Rodwan punching the officer before grabbing a sharpened machete as Pc Outten tried to arrest him.

In a victim impact statement read out to the court PC Outten, who has not yet returned to work, said the attack had “changed my life but I hope it has not changed the way I police”.

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PC Outten suffered several injuries including six wounds to the head

During his trial Rodwan had claimed he was acting in self-defence and that he kept the machete in his van for gardening work.

The court was told Rodwan had previous convictions for rape and two other machete attacks, for which he was jailed for nine years.

The defendant was convicted of wounding with intent, but cleared of charges of attempted murder and having an offensive weapon, a machete.


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