A man who threatened to kill a female officer and stabbed her in the face with a pen has been jailed.
Man stabs female officer in the face with a pen in north London: After admitting to assaulting Pc Alexandra Dobbs and threatening to kill her in August last year, Adrian Popa, 40, was jailed for almost four years. Judge Richard Marks QC said “Attacks on police officers will not be tolerated and those convicted of such an attack will be dealt with severely by the courts.” Earlier, The Old Bailey heard that Romanian national Popa, of no fixed abode, had been seen by a neighbour in the garden of his ex-partner in Edgware, Barnet.
Later, after being charged with an alleged domestic assault, Popa was banned from being near the property. Pc Dobbs, being the first response officer, was attacked by Popa as she tried to detain him. Police body-cam video was played in court. Pc Dobbs can be heard asking Popa to “stay still”. She warns him she has a taser. He ignores her warning and can be seen lunging forward and assaulting her.
Subsequently, Sarah Przybylska, prosecuting, said “She heard him growl and believed that the Taser had activated and caused him pain, but had not been able to stop him because he was too close. He looked at her with his hand in a fist and said, ‘I’m going to kill you’. He came at her. She tried to cuff him. She saw the pen sticking out of his fist as he hit her again and again. She was not able to hold on to the Taser and it fell to the ground. The blows were hard enough to force her face away. He hit her shoulder. She thought that he had hit her at least five times. She felt helpless.” Pc Dobbs, who attended court, has been left permanently scarred and with increased anxiety.
Afterwards she said in a statement. “I have used lotions and make-up to conceal the scars on my cheek. But I am constantly reminded of what took place.
The scarring has knocked my confidence as a person, I feel paranoid that people are staring at me. The threat of what could have happened scares me to this day.” Investigating officer Detective Constable Huss Ahmed said “The officer in this incident is incredibly lucky.
Additionally, but for sheer fortune, her injuries may well have been life-changing or worse. And we could have been looking at a very different investigation. I am glad Popa has admitted his guilt, and will now serve a custodial sentence. This serves a reminder that we will pursue anyone who attacks our colleagues. And will work to put them before the courts to face justice.”
Consequently, Chief Inspector James Noble, from Scotland Yard, added. “This example highlights the risk that police officers face when they go to work. No officer should expect to be attacked in this way. Popa is a violent man who will now face the consequences of his abhorrent actions that day. We have and will always work to pursue charges against those who assault emergency workers.”
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