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Luton Van driver jailed for 16 years after launching 'brutal' machete attack on police officer

Muhammed Rodwan and PC Stuart Otten

A handyman from Luton has been jailed for 16 years for what police have called a 'brutal and shocking' machete attack.

"Britain's hardest cop" PC Stuart Otten has told how he survived a ferocious machete attack in the line of duty as a handyman with a violent past was convicted of wounding him.

Pc Outten, 29, suffered six blows to the head from a 2ft long blade after stopping Muhammad Rodwan's white van for having no insurance in east London, in August last year.

Rodwan, 56, who has previous convictions for rape and two machete attacks, claimed he acted in self defence. But graphic police body worn video showed him punching the officer before grabbing a sharpened machete as Pc Outten tried to arrest him.

The machete used by Muhammad Rodwan, who has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of wounding with intent. Credit: PA.

Afterwards, Pc Outten said he counted himself "very lucky" to survive, saying "thankfully" his head was hard enough to withstand the onslaught.

On that night I was just doing my job, doing what I'm trained to do, but more importantly making sure I didn't die, because that was a distinct possibility had the attack carried on.

Once he's started hitting me in the head with the machete, then I realised it was escalating very quickly and I was having to now fight for my life.

I recall specifically as I was falling to the floor, having fired the first shot and aiming for the second (thinking) that if this doesn't work, this might be it.

"But luckily the Taser worked. It did its job. He fell incapacitated next to me and I was able to use it to keep him on the floor and to keep myself alive."

– PC Stuart Outten