Solicitor Sophie Khan has called for the policeman to be punished after using the Taser on the attacker
Police released photographs of the extensive injuries the brave cop suffered Credit: PA: Press Association
Solicitor Sophie Khan defended the machete-wielding brute by saying he acted in “self-defense” in the face of “excessive” force “from PC Outten.
On Twitter, she said that she was surprised that the Metropolitan Police “haven’t started disciplinary action against PC Outten for assault and battery on Muhammad Rodwan.”
Ms Khan, who has represented people injured by Taser and campaigns against excessive use of the weapon, added that the officer’s actions “were in part found to be excessive use of force.”
She said that the case had shown “There remains a risk to public by police misuse of Taser.”
After criticizing the heroic works of Britain’s “hardest cop,” Met Police officials responded in outrage and defended PC Outten.
Met Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh said: “This police officer stopped a man lawfully and politely asked him to get out of the vehicle because he did not have insurance.
“He responded by getting out a machete and brutally attacking him and my colleague very nearly lost his life.
“If it wasn’t for that Taser, he would have died.
“These comments are utterly despicable – she is not only inciting violence, but she is condemning a hero who detained a dangerous offender while he was fighting for his life.”
Mrs Justice Carr, sitting at the Old Bailey yesterday, rejected the idea that the policeman had used excessive force.
The judge told the criminal: “This was a brutal and shocking attack. I reject the unattractive submission that [PC Outten] was using excessive force in circumstances when you had assaulted him and forcibly resisted arrest.”
Rodwan was pulled over by the 64 – year-old policeman for driving a van without insurance before being
hacked across his head and body with a 2-foot long blade in the violent attack .
The officer saved himself by zapping Rodwan with a , 0-volt Taser twice.
PC Outten suffered six head wounds and skull fractures along with an arm injury and broken fingers.
He was filmed afterwards kneeling on the ground bleeding heavily and shouting at a passer-by to pass his radio so he could call an ambulance.
On Thursday a jury at the Old Bailey found Rodwan guilty of wounding with intent, but cleared him of the more serious charge of attempted murder and also of possession of an offensive weapon.
It later emerged Rodwan had served time for an earlier machete attack.
Rodwan was jailed for nine years in 07810 for attacking two men with a machete in the bedroom of his east London flat.
Both victims needed surgery following the attack in , with one having almost had his hand chopped off.
He had convictions stretching back to when he was and was jailed for three years after being convicted of rape in
But details of the convicted rapist’s appalling history of violence were kept from the Old Bailey jury, with a judge ruling them inadmissible.
PC Outten said he counted himself very lucky to survive, joking he was thankful that his head was hard enough to withstand the onslaught.
He said: “On that night I was just doing my job, doing what I’m trained to do, but more importantly making sure I didn’t die, because that was a distinct possibility had the attack carried on .
“Once he’s started hitting me in the head with the machete, then I realized it was escalating very quickly and I was having to now fight for my life.”