Moment van driver in routine police stop turns on officer with machete in shocking attack

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This is the moment a routine traffic stopped turned into a violent nightmare as a van driver attacked police with a machete.

The terrifying video which can be viewed above shows how the police officer desperately fought off Muhammad Rodwan including tasering him twice.

Rodwan has been found guilty of wounding with intent after slashing a police officer in the head with a machete.

PC Stuart Outten, 29, suffered six deep wounds to the head and multiple fractures to the skull after the attack in Leyton, east London on August 7 last year.

Rodwan, 56, was stopped by police for driving with no insurance when he began to act violently towards the officers.

When Rodwan pulled out the 19-inch blade on the officer, he was tasered by PC Outten twice, the Old Bailey heard.

After a first attempt of tasering Rodwan, PC Outten feared that he would ‘be dead’ if the second shot failed.



Rodwan was stopped by PC Outten and PC Brooks for driving with no insurance

Luckily, the second attempt was successful, and Rodwan fell to the ground.

PC Helen Brooks then rushed over, picked-up the machete and threw it out of Rodwan’s reach.

Members of public provided first aid to PC Outten, using a jacket to try and stop the bleeding from his head.



PC Stuart Outten feared he would ‘be dead’ if the second taser didn’t work

PC Outten was rushed to hospital, where he underwent surgery for the six wounds to the head, multiple fractures to the skull, and two wounds to the lower part of his right arm with multiple fractures of the fingers.

Rodwan, 56, who has previous convictions for rape and two machete attacks, claimed he was acting in self defence, telling police: “This officer attacked me and I defended myself.”

He was charged on Thursday, 8 August, and while the reasons for him being remanded in custody were explained, he said: “My life is worth more than his life.”

A jury deliberated for seven hours to find Rodwan guilty of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

He was cleared of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.



Muhammad Rodwan, who has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of wounding with intent

Jurors were told that if PC Outten had failed to discharge his taser, his injuries could have been far worse or even fatal.

The jury was not told that Rodwan had previously attacked two men with a machete in the bedroom of his flat in east London in 1996.

The defendant, then known as Rodney Reid, was jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court for nine years for wounding with intent.

PC Outten is left with the physical scars from the attack and his hand will never recover to its full strength.

He said: “What happened that day will always stay with me, I’ll always have that memory of how a plain and simple job can escalate into you having to fight for your life. I’ve had amazing support from my management, colleagues, family and friends. All I can do is move forward, I will not let it discourage me from doing the job I love.



PC Outten hopes to be back patrolling the streets of London soon

“It’s been really hard seeing how it has affected my family, this has impacted on their lives as well. It also upset me to see my family having to deal with the distress of the court case and watch the harrowing footage – having to hear a machete repeatedly go into the skull of their loved one was not easy for them.”

Detective Chief Inspector Nathan Munson from the North East area’s CID, who led the investigation, said: “Rodwan was not acting in self-defence on that day – the number of blows, the force of the blows and targeted blows to PC Outten’s head proved this.

“It is reassuring for Londoners to know this violent individual will be unable to cause harm to other members of the emergency services or the wider public. I’m proud of PC Outten, he demonstrated incredible bravery and professionalism on the night of the incident, which undoubtedly prevented him suffering even more serious injuries.”

PC Outten hopes to be back patrolling the streets of London soon in his new position with the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command.



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