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Man who brutally hacked police officer with machete jailed for 16 years

A van driver who repeatedly struck a police officer with a machete during a routine traffic stop has been found guilty of wounding with intent.

Muhammad Rodwan attacked PC Stuart Outten, 29, after he was pulled over in Leyton, east London, on 7 August.

The officer was badly injured and has yet to return to work.

Rodwan, 56, of Luton, had claimed he was acting in self defence. He was convicted of wounding with intent but found not guilty of attempted murder.

In a victim impact statement read out to the Old Bailey PC Outten said: "This incident has changed my life but I hope it has not changed the way I police."

'I thought I need to stop him or he will kill me'

Rodwan, who has previous convictions for rape and two other machete attacks, was also cleared by the jury of possessing an offensive weapon.

Mrs Justice Carr adjourned sentencing until Friday morning.

PC Outten suffered six blows to the head from a 2ft-long blade after stopping Rodwan's white van for having no insurance.

The defendant said he was not aware at the time that the insurance on his van had expired 12 days earlier.

Following the attack PC Outten said he counted himself "very lucky" to survive, saying "thankfully" his head was hard enough to withstand the onslaught.

He suffered six deep wounds to the head, exposing his skull, slash wounds to his arm, several broken fingers and three severed tendons in one hand.

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Bleeding heavily from deep gashes to the head and arm the Met Police officer Tasered Rodwan twice before subduing him, the Old Bailey heard.

Rodwan told jurors he did not recall punching PC Outten before he was arrested.

In the struggle, the officer pulled some of Rodwan's dreadlocks out, which was "extremely painful", and grabbed his throat, he said.

"I could not breathe at all," Rodwan told his trial.

"It felt like he cracked my throat, squeezed so hard it felt like it was popping."

Rodwan said he retrieved his machete from the van but could not remember how many times he hit PC Outten with it before getting out.

He said: "I was just trying to hit him to get him away from me."

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MET police: PC Outten suffered several injuries including six wounds to the head

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My view: PC Stuart Outten is a credit to the uniform he wears and thank goodness we have officers such as PC Stuart and thank goodness he was able to use taser to stop the horrific attack.

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