A man who was found guilty for stabbing an off-duty police officer in Tower Hamlets has been jailed for 12 years.
Andrew Beadie, 20, from Basildon, was convicted for causing grievous bodily harm after stabbing a plain clothed officer in a Bow alleyway in November last year
Beadie was also charged with common assault after CCTV footage showed him assaulting a member of the public who could not be identified. The judge at the Old Bailey handed him a 12-year jail sentence for the stabbing and an additional 6-month sentence for the assault charge.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, described the attacks as a “a series of violent assaults.” The court heard that Beadie, who was accompanied by his 34-year-old partner and her twin sons, launched an unprovoked attack on a stranger shorty after leaving the DLR station just before 21:00 that night,
Beadie then approached an off-duty officer and accused him of looking at his girlfriend before stabbing him multiple times with a 10-inch blade. The officer, who is part of the Met Police Specialist Crime and Operations Team, managed to call an ambulance and survive the ordeal.
Holmes said: “This was a cowardly, unprovoked and sickening knife attack on a police officer.
“We will never know quite what motivated Beadie to embark upon a series of violent assaults that night, but throughout his interview with police and his evidence to the jury he has shown not a shred of genuine remorse. He would not have known that the victim of his final act of violence that night was a police officer and it is just sheer luck that the injuries he sustained were not life threatening.”
Beadie was arrested a few days after the attack. However officers were unable to find the weapon used in the attack although police did uncover a picture of what they believe to be the assault weapon on Beadie’s mobile phone.
Holmes also said: “[Beadie] has received a significant custodial sentence, and this should act as a timely reminder of the consequences of carrying a knife on the streets of London.”