Hamza Haddadi launched an attack on police officers as he was stopped for a routine search the 19-year-old young man was armed with a large so-called ‘zombie knife’, he lashed out at police before being wrestled to the ground and arrested.
The event took place on a busy London train station platform as members of the public had to witness the ordeal, officers were carrying out searches with a drug dog at the tube station at Leytonstone on the 17th of May, police intercepted Haddadi on the eastbound tube platform and proceeded to search him.
Initially, the young man was co-operative with authorities however when police opened the zip to his hoodie they saw the handle of a large sword style knife. Hamza Haddadi launched a desperate attack when he realised he was caught, he attempted to escape by attacking police, he elbowed an officer who was trying to hold him down knocking off his glasses.
After some commotion, the thug was eventually tackled to the ground and handcuffed, a number of officers that attended the scene suffered minor injuries.
The convicted young offender was taken into police custody and further searched, another smaller switchblade knife was found hidden down his trousers.
Hamza Haddadi of Buttermere Close, Leyton, faced trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court last week following the incident that left many onlookers outraged and shocked.
The teenager has now been sentenced to 14 months in a young offenders institution after admitting two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, two counts of possession of an offensive weapon and Criminal Damage.
Superintendent Ian Brown, of the North East Area Command, attended the hearing to support the officers. He said: “This is a stark reminder of the kind of behaviour Met officers have to deal with on a daily basis.
“Police officers should be able to go about their jobs without fear of assault, but sadly this is not the reality.
“The body-worn video was important evidence.
“It showed how quickly the situation escalated, and how the officers detained an aggressive suspect without endangering the public, whilst remaining calm and composed throughout.
“The court rightly acknowledged the bravery and the professionalism of the officers, with the Judge stating the seriousness with which assaults on officers are viewed.
“This is a fine example of how we are taking knives and offenders off the streets, and protecting the public.
“It also shows how our proactive operations directly result in convictions, and often jail sentences.”
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