A teenager who brutally stabbed a Tower Hamlets police officer during a routine search has been jailed for more than nine years. The 17-year-old, who was 16 at the time of the attack, pulled a four-inch blade from his bag as PC Guy Sinnott and a colleague struggled to restrain him.
He slid the knife down PC Sinnott’s face before stabbing him in the stomach and leg, leaving him with potentially life-threatening injuries.
Despite his wounds PC Sinnott managed to get hold of the knife and throw it a safe distance away as he grappled with his attacker in a car park near Bunsen House.
As officers rushed to assist him, he looked down and realised he was bleeding.
He was taken to hospital by ambulance and given emergency surgery throughout the night, remaining there for a couple of weeks to recover.
The officers had originally been called to Grove Road, Bow at about 11.30pm on Sunday, November 15, 2015 to investigate reports of anti-social behaviour and a moped being ridden close to some flats.
After the attack police managed to restrain the teenager and he was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and the knife was recovered.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent on Tuesday, May 10.
He was jailed for nine years and four months on Friday, May 20, at the Old Bailey. On release, he will be on an extended licence of four years and eight months.
PC Sinnott, who is near retirement, made a full recovery.
DI Chris Soole from Tower Hamlets borough said: “This was a serious incident involving a young man who attacked a police officer while he was performing his duties.
“Thankfully PC Sinnott later made a full recovery with the support of colleagues, family and friends.
“I hope that this sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence and the Met’s commitment to ensuring that the carrying of knives and their use in committing offences in the capital is not tolerated.”
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