January 22, 2020
Imagine brutally tasering an innocent haji who was doing nothing more than sharing his vibrant and diverse culture with you.
The level of virulent skin-hatred pumping through this officer’s veins must be off the charts.
A police officer managed to taser his machete-wielding attacker despite suffering six wounds to the head that exposed his skull, a court has heard.
PC Stuart Outten, 29, managed to taser 56-year-old Muhammad Rodwan after he lashed out with a two foot-long rusty blade when he was pulled over for driving without insurance, jurors were told.
Rodwan, a handyman from Luton, denies attempted murder, an alternative charge of wounding with intent, and possession of a weapon.
The court heard today how Rodwan was driving a van, which he also lived in, on August 7 last year when he was pulled over by a police van just before 11pm.
Jurors at the Old Bailey were shown police body-worn camera footage in which Rodwan asked: “Are you going to knock me down? What do you want?”
Defence barrister Michael Turner QC said: “You appear to be agitated, cross, whatever. Why was that?”
Rodwan replied: “Because I’m always being stopped. So it’s one of those things, what do you want now?”
He said he was not aware at the time that the insurance on his van had expired 12 days earlier.
In the police footage, the defendant was instructed by police not to drive away.
Asked what he had been intending to do, Rodwan, who had smoked marijuana earlier on the day of the incident, said: “Drive away, drive away. Because I thought it’s just one of those circumstances where it was nothing again.”
Rodwan said he couldn’t recall punching PC Outten before he was arrested, and in the struggle, seven of his dreadlocks were pulled out by the officer, which was “extremely painful”, he said.
He added that the officer had grabbed his throat.
“I could not breathe at all. It felt like he cracked my throat, squeezed so hard it felt like it was popping,” Rodwan said, adding that we went to get his machete from his van but could not remember how many times he hit PC Outten with it before getting out.
“I was just trying to hit him to get him away from me,” he said, adding that he had used the blade to “try to scare him away from me”, and had no intention of killing the officer.
Despite his wound, PC Outten managed to taser Rodwan.