Thug armed with 10-inch knife jailed for stabbing police officer

Andrew Beadie  Pic Met Police

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.

The knife believed to have been  used in the attack  Pic: Met Police

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.”

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