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Life sentence for man who attempted to murder police officer

JAILED: John Paul Onyenaychi received a life sentence for the attempted murder of a police officer

A MAN has been sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of attempting to murder a police officer.

John Paul Onyenaychi, who was also convicted for wounding a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) during the attack in Ealing, west London, last year, lashed out the officers when they tried to restrain him for an earlier offence.

Onyenaychi stabbed PC Paul Madden in the face, chin and neck after growing a agitated during an arrest for an earlier assault on a cab driver, who he had robbed and stabbed five times.

During the incident the 30-year-old also slashed PCSO Piotr Dolata across the top of his head when he tried to restrain him. A second PCSO also sustained slashes to his clothing whilst trying to assist

It is believed that Onyenaychi was a passenger in a cab with another individual on Dec 11, 2010 - five days before the attack on the officers - when the incident occurred. When the cab arrived at his destination, the pair threatened to rob him, but when the men exited the car, Onyenaychi's phone fell out of his pocket.

The cab driver immediately reported the incident to police and gave them the mobile phone for evidence, but hours later the cab driver was attacked in his car by Onyenaychi who grabbed him and threatened him with a knife whilst demanding his phone back .

The driver managed to run a short distance before he was caught by Onyenaychi and stabbed five times.

"Onyenaychi is a very dangerous and violent man and I am pleased that the overwhelming evidence we were able to present at court has resulted in these convictions today," said Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

“The PCSOs and police officers held onto him and arrested him despite coming under a sustained knife attack. I have no doubt that without their bravery in capturing him he would have gone on to continue serious offending," he continued.

PCSO Dolata expressed his gratitude to the community, his family and the Met.

"I am relieved that Mr Onenyaychi has been sentenced and that the case has now come to an end," he said.

ATTACK: The knife Onyenaychi used to attack PC Madden and PCSO Dolata

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