Outrage as lawyer demands Britain’s hardest cop is PUNISHED for defending himself from machete-wielding maniac

A LAWYER is demanding that Britain’s “hardest cop” should be punished after saving his life with a 50,000-volt Taser during a vicious machete attack.

Muhammad Rodwan, 56, slashed PC Stuart Outten with a 2-foot long machete in Leyton, East London – but there have now been calls for the policeman to be disciplined.

 Solicitor Sophie Khan has called for the policeman to be punished after using the Taser on the attacker

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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
Police released photographs of the extensive injuries the brave cop sufferedCredit: PA:Press Association

Solicitor Sophie Khan defended the machete-wielding brute by saying he acted in “self-defence” 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 criticising 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.

VICIOUS ATTACK

“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 29-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 50,000-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.

 PC Stuart Outten suffered several injuries
PC Stuart Outten suffered several injuriesCredit: PA:Press Association

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 1996 for attacking two men with a machete in the bedroom of his east London flat.

Both victims needed surgery following the attack in 1996, with one having almost had his hand chopped off.

He had convictions stretching back to when he was 18 and was jailed for three years after being convicted of rape in 1983.

SELF DEFENSE

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 realised it was escalating very quickly and I was having to now fight for my life.”

Rodwan claimed he acted in self-defence, telling police: “My life is worth more than his life.”

He could face life in prison when Mrs Justice Carr sentences him on Friday.

 Bodycam footage shows how the cop Tasered Rodwan as he wielded a machete
Bodycam footage shows how the cop Tasered Rodwan as he wielded a macheteCredit: Met Police
 The officer managed to Taser his attacker and radio for help
The officer managed to Taser his attacker and radio for helpCredit: PA:Press Association
 Pc Stuart Outten became known as Britain's hardest cop after he was attacked
Pc Stuart Outten became known as Britain’s hardest cop after he was attackedCredit: PA:Press Association
 Muhammad Rodwan was found guilty of wounding with intent after attacking the cop
Muhammad Rodwan was found guilty of wounding with intent after attacking the copCredit: PA:Press Association
 This is the machete used by Rodwan
This is the machete used by RodwanCredit: PA:Press Association
 The cop's bodycam footage showed him on all fours with hands covered in blood
The cop’s bodycam footage showed him on all fours with hands covered in bloodCredit: Met Police


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