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Man who bit and stabbed officers guilty of attempted murder

GUILTY: Haughton

A MAN who bit, stabbed and spat on police officers during a "lengthy and violent attack" has been found guilty of attempted murder.

Three officers were left needing surgery after unemployed Christopher Haughton viciously assaulted them in October last year.

Haughton was in his bedsit in Hopton Road, Streatham, playing loud music when a neighbour asked him to turn it down.

Haughton's response was to push the neighbour down the stairs. Later he visited the neighbour's flat - armed with a wooden stick - and told him he had been disrespected.

He then went to another neighbour's flat and demanded that he leave the building, which the neighbour did.

Police were called and two officers arrived, spotting a Samurai sword wedged into a gate at the location.

The officers went up to Haughton's flat, identified themselves and asking him to open the door. Haughton swore at them, telling them to go away.

The officers kicked the door open to be met by Haughton brandishing a broom handle as a weapon. He rushed at the officers, knocking one backwards and causing him to fall down the stairs. CS spray was used, resulting in Haughton dropping the weapon but punching the officers instead.

Haughton continued to attack the officers, biting a female office in her left thigh so hard he drew blood. He shook his head from side to side so vigorously that her trousers were ripped from waist to ankle. He had blood around his mouth and spat at officers whilst continuing to punch and bite them. His bloodied spittle hit another female officer in the face and eyes.

The officers finally managed to restrain him and he was taken to nearby Brixton police station and charged.

Haughton appeared at court and was subsequently bailed to live at his brother's address in Milford Gardens, Harrow.

The following month (Nov 19) at 8:00am police were called to Kenton Road, Harrow, by a member of the public who had seen Haughton shouting and clearly agitated.

Haughton attacked the officers, biting a PC on the arm and tearing his fleece. He gathered masonry and other missiles which he threw at officers; one missile struck PC Barker on the hand.

He then entered the Kingsbury Road Halal Butchers and, going directly to the back of the shop where the butchers cut and serve, grabbed a 8 -10 inch knife. He attacked the pursuing officers, causing significant injuries to four of them.

At one point Haughton straddled a PC and stabbed down numerous times towards his chest; one stab penetrated between his protective shield and Met vest causing a 8-inch deep stab wound to his abdomen, perforating his bowel.

Another PC attempted to his struck colleague and was slashed across the left side of his face, the knife penetrating his mouth. Haughton continued to stab the PC causing deep wounds to his arm.

Uninjured officers succeeded in handcuffing Haughton, who continued to be violent and aggressive. Whilst being driven to Uxbridge Police station he bit PC John Charlton on the leg.

Haughton was subsequently charged with offences relating to 19 November and the two cases joined together for court proceedings.

All the officers eventually returned to work although only just in the past few weeks has PC Harding been able to return to his full duties.

“Haughton 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.

“The police officers held onto him and arrested him despite coming under a sustained knife attack. Without the intervention of other officers at the scene who were able to eventually restrain Haughton, the outcome could have been very different. This case reminds us all of the risk police officers face everyday as they work to keep London safe.”

Haughton will be sentenced on Thursday 13 December.

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