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Man jailed for assaulting a police officer in Kensington

News   •   Mar 16, 2018 16:47 GMT

A drug dealer who attacked and seriously injured a police officer in Ladbroke Grove has been jailed for a total of five years and four months, for which he must serve a minimum of 2 years and four months for assaulting the officer.

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 and appeared at the same court for sentencing on Thursday, 15 March.

The court heard how on Saturday, 6 August 2016, T/Detective Chief Superintendent Raffaele D'Orsi, the 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 T/Det Chief Supt D'Orsi on foot and by moped, whilst PC Maher followed in a vehicle.

At the junction of Arundel Gardens and Ladbroke Grove, Benhammwu was tackled by T/Det Chief 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.

Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Raffaele D'Orsi, said: "I would like to thank those members of the community, local colleagues and specialist trained firearms officers who came to my colleague's 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.

"We are also very grateful for those public witnesses who came forward to give evidence of the attack that I was subjected to; without their help, we would not have been able to secure this conviction today."