West End ‘knifeman’ tried to kill police officer by repeatedly stabbing him in the neck and attacking his female colleague during ‘violent struggle’ in Leicester Square, court hears
- Court hears how two officers were trying to do their jobs when they were knifed
- Mohammed Rahman, 24, faces seven charges, including attempted murder
- It comes after two police officers were stabbed in London’s West End on Friday
- Rahman, from Paddington, today appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court
An alleged knifeman repeatedly stabbed two police officers who were ‘just trying to do their jobs’, a court heard.
Mohammed Rahman, 24, faces seven charges including attempted murder after a male officer was stabbed three times in the neck and once in the chest in London’s West End.
Rahman was also charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a female officer was stabbed in the arm near Leicester Square on Friday morning.
Wearing a grey tracksuit Rahman appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court speaking to confirm his name and date of birth.
Mohammed Rahman, 24, faces seven charges including attempted murder after the incident in London’s West End, on Friday. Pictured are officers at the scene of the attack.
A young female police office, today named as PC Mulhall, suffered potentially ‘life changing injuries’ after she was stabbed alongside a colleague on Friday in Leicester Square
The male officer was named in court as PC Gerrard while the female officer was named as PC Mulhall.
Prosecutor Rose Edwin said Rahman was found armed with a knife and acting ‘strangely’ before the alleged attacks.
She said Rahman stabbed PC Gerrard repeatedly to the neck and chest.
‘PC Mulhall suffered lacerations to the back side of her right upper arm which extended right through to the bone.
‘These were vicious assaults perpetrated against officers who were just trying to carry out their job.’
District judge Simon Heptonstall remanded Rahman in custody ahead of a preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey on 14 October.
Rahman, of Westbourne Park Road, Paddington, is charged with attempted murder and grievous bodily harm with intent.
The male officer, PC Gerrard was stabbed three times in the neck and once in the chest in London’s West End.
He is further charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, two counts of threatening a person in a public place with a bladed article in relation to three other officers.
In addition Rahman is charged with robbery and possession of a bladed article.
The officers were attached to the Met’s Central West Command Unit responsible for policing Westminster, carrying out routine duties at the time.
Met Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley earlier said a ‘violent struggle’ involving a ‘frenzied individual’ ensued in the West End at around 6am.
He said the female officer challenged a man she believed was carrying a knife, and he stabbed her in the arm before attempting to flee.
The male officer caught the offender, who stabbed him three times in the neck and once in the chest.
The attacker was arrested after a taser was deployed while the officers were rushed to hospital.