Man who stabbed off-duty police officer in Bow for 'looking at his girlfriend' is jailed
PUBLISHED: 18:45 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 21:56 16 June 2017
A violent thug who stabbed an off-duty police officer in Bow for 'looking at his girlfriend' has been jailed for 12 years today.
Andrew Beadie, 20, knifed his victim three times in the stomach in an alleyway near the Bow Bells Public House in Bow Road, on November 22 last year.
The Old Bailey heard Beadie had punched a man in Bow Road in an unprovoked attack 20 minutes before he stabbed his victim who he accused of looking at his 34-year-old partner who was with her 16-year-old twin sons.
He ran off and his victim was rushed to hospital where he was treated and later discharged.
A week later Beadie was arrested and when officers seized his mobile phone they found an image of a 10in knife taken two days before the stabbing.
The weapon has never been found but detectives believe it was the same one used to stab the officer.
Last month he was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent.
He was acquitted of possession of an offensive weapon.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, 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.
“The knife had a 10-inch blade and was a terrifying weapon. There can be no doubt Beadie intended to cause abject fear that night and serious harm.
“He 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.
“Those who continue to cause harm to our communities through these actions will be targeted by police and put before the courts.”