Teenager jailed 9 years after stabbing Pc outside Victoria Park church
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A teenager has been jailed for nine years and four months after stabbing a policeman outside a church in London’s East End so brutally that he left him with life-threatening injuries.
The 16-year-old, who has since turned 17, will be 26 by the time he’s released—with another four-and-a-half years on extended license until he is 30.
The youth—originally charged with attempted murder—was sentenced at the Old Bailey yesterday after being convicted on May 10 of grievous bodily harm with intent.
Pc Guy Sinnott, who is stationed in Bethnal Green and is near retirement, made a full recovery after the terrifying attack late at night when he was stabbed in the stomach and leg.
He was on patrol with a colleague answering a call about and a motor-scooter being revved up and ridden on the forecourt of the five-storey Bunsen House block of flats in Bunsen Street, off Grove Road, opposite Victoria Park Baptist Church, at 11.30pm on November 15.
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They tried to search the teenager after they arrived, when he broke free in an attempt to escape then took out a four-inch knife from his bag and stabbed the officer.
Pc Sinnott managed to grab the knife, despite wounds in his stomach and leg, and throw it a safe distance as both officers keep hold of the youth.
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More officers rushed to the scene and arrested the youth, before the injured officer realised he was bleeding.
Pc Sinnott was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and given emergency surgery throughout the night, where he remained recovering for two weeks.
“This was a serious incident where the teenager attacked an officer performing his duties,” Det Insp Chris Soole of the Met’s Tower Hamlets division said. “Thankfully Guy Sinnott made a full recovery.
“I hope this jail sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence and the Met’s commitment to make sure that carrying and using knives while committing crime is not tolerated.”
The youth was arrested at the scene by other officers and the knife (pictured above) was recovered. He appeared later at Stratford youth court where he was committed for trail at the Old Bailey.