A man has been found guilty of assaulting a senior Metropolitan Police officer, leaving him with significant injuries.
On Monday, 8 January Ayoub Benhammwu, 22, (06.12.95) of Lisson Grove, NW8, was found guilty of assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) and two counts of possession with intent to supply cannabis at Isleworth Crown Court.
He was remanded in custody to appear at the same court to be sentenced on the 16 February.
On Saturday, 6 August 2016 Detective Superintendent Raffaele D'Orsi, the Acting Borough Commander of Kensington & Chelsea police, and PC Paul Maher were patrolling in Kensington Park Road, W11. They spotted Benhammwu, who had arrived at the scene on a moped, acting suspiciously looking into an apartment window.
On challenging Benhammwu, he made off from the officers on foot and was followed by Det Supt D'Orsi on foot, whilst PC Maher followed in a vehicle.
At the junction of Arundel Gardens and Ladbroke Grove, Benhammwu was tackled by Det Supt D'Orsi. During the ensuing struggle Benhammwu kicked the officer three times, dislocating his shoulder and knocking him unconscious.
Benhammwu was detained by PC Maher and members of the public. Following a search of a Benhammwu a quantity of herbal cannabis along with cannabis resin was found.
He was arrested and subsequently charged on 8 August 2016.
Det Supt D'Orsi said "'I would like to thank those members of the community, my local colleagues and specialist trained firearms officers who came to my aid when I was kicked unconscious during this attack.
"Policing is very much about working with communities to reduce harm. I know that had it not been for the help of members of the Notting Hill community, PC Maher might not have detained Benhammwu, a moped enabled violent drug dealer.
"I am also very grateful for those public witnesses who came forward to give evidence of the attack I was subjected to; without their brave evidence justice may not have been secured."