A man was jailed last week, after pleading guilty to assaulting three police officers as they arrested him in Watford.
On Thursday 14th January, 20-year-old Jahdelle Williams-Campbell, appeared before St Albans Crown Court and was sentenced to 17 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to:
- Assault on an emergency worker (two counts)
- Possessing a controlled drug of Class B with intent to supply (one count)
- Assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) (one count)
- Possession of a bladed article in a public place (one count)
- Breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order (one count)
In the early hours of Sunday 23rd August 2020, a Sergeant and two Constables from Watford’s Intervention and Response Team stopped a silver Vauxhall Astra in Woodford Road. The vehicle had been driving without any headlights on.
The vehicle stopped and the front seat passenger, Williams-Campbell, of Elm Road, Wembley, got out of the car and fled when he saw the officers.
Williams-Campbell was chased on foot by one officer and detained on the floor. However, the defendant punched the officer and bit his fingers. He then scratched the face of the second PC who had come to his colleague’s aid.
Williams-Campbell was quickly handcuffed by a Police Sergeant who had arrived at the scene. As the defendant was being placed in the police vehicle, he pushed the sergeant to the floor and this assault caused the officer to hit his head on the kerb and fall unconscious for around ten seconds. He was treated at hospital for a suspected concussion but was released a few hours later.
At the scene, Williams-Campbell was searched and ten bags of cannabis were found on him. He was also concealing a Rambo-style knife, with a blade between 10 and 14 inches long, in his trousers. He was also in possession of three mobile phones, one of which was identified as being used in drug dealing.
Williams-Campbell was later charged with a number of offences and remanded in custody ahead of his first court appearance.
Detective Constable Vishal Khanna, from the Watford Local Crime Unit, said:
“Williams-Campbell showed complete disregard for the welfare of the three officers who legitimately stopped and arrested him in August last year. He had no qualms about assaulting them in a bid to get away and has shown himself to be a dangerous and unpredictable offender.
“The fact Williams-Campbell had the knife concealed in his trousers just shows the type of grave risk that police officers face on a daily basis during their patrols. All three officers were back on duty soon after the assault and they now have closure on the incident following yesterday’s sentencing.”
During sentencing, the judge also ordered the destruction of the recovered knife, phones and drugs.
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