A mindless thug has been jailed for 12 years after he admitted to stabbing a male in the heart before assaulting an off-duty police officer following an alleged argument about a cap.
Mohammed Uddin, 36, was drunk when he started shouting during an argument outside the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London.
Spotting the commotion, a concerned member of the public approached Uddin.
Without warning, Uddin produced a knife that was concealed in his waistband and plunged it into his victim.
After inflicting the first blow and despite the victim pleading for Uddin not to stab him, the thug swung again and only narrowly missed the victim.
An off-duty police officer saw what was happening and immediately ran over to detain Uddin.
Thanks to the fantastic work of medical staff, the victim’s life was saved after they had to use a saw to open his chest to ease the pressure that was being put on his heart.
Had the victim not of been so close to the hospital, then medical professionals say that he would have died from his injuries.
Uddin, from Tower Hamlets, east London, has been sentenced to 12 years and nine months after he pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and battery of an emergency worker.
Uddin had initially been charged with attempted murder shortly after the incident that happened in Turner Street at around14:00 hours.
The off-duty police officer, PC Matt Evans, had been walking down the road when he noticed the disturbance before running over and identifying himself as an off-duty police officer which caused Uddin to flee the scene.
The West Midlands police officer gave chase and caught up with Uddin who then bit him on the hand as back-up raced to the scene.
PC Evans said:
“Incidents like this make you realise being a police officer isn’t a job; it’s a state of mind you can never turn off, even when not at work.
“When I saw the guy being stabbed, for me there wasn’t a choice to make, I had to stop him before he killed someone.
“I’m glad everything turned out well in the end. The doctors, nurses, and hospital staff performed a miracle in saving that man’s life.”
Detective Constable Gavin Markey, who led the investigation, said:
“This was a brutal attack, and it is only by sheer luck that the victim was in the grounds of the hospital and able to receive immediate medical treatment.
“Had he not been so close by, doctors have made it clear he would have died.
“We must also recognise the vital intervention of the off-duty officer who saw what was happening and acted instinctively, risking his life to try and prevent the attack becoming more serious.
“We are pleased Uddin is now behind bars and unable to inflict any further harm.”
PC Evans is based in Birmingham city centre.
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