Dec 10 2012 By David Baker
A KNIFE wielding maniac who attacked a number of police officers outside a butchers in Kingsbury has been found guilty of attempted murder.
Unemployed Christopher Haughton, of Milford Gardens, Wembley, was also convicted of several counts of assault following two incidents which saw officers stabbed, bitten, and spat at.
The lengthy and violent attack in Kingsbury Road last year resulted in three of the officers needing emergency surgery because their injuries were so severe.
He was found guilty at the Old Bailey today, (Monday December 10) and will be sentenced on Thursday.
Harrow Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Dal Babu, paid tribute to the officers who put their lives on the line during the sustained attack.
He said: "All the officers involved in the incident put their lives on the line to protect the public and ensure that this dangerous man did not escape.
"I pay tribute to their courage and determination in keeping the people of Harrow safe. Had it not been for their personal bravery, members of the public could have been seriously injured or killed.
"I am grateful that the medical treatment the officers received resulted in them making a remarkable recovery, enabling them to return to work."
Victim Police Constable Tom Harding, who was stabbed in the stomach, said: "I owe my life to the bravery of my colleagues. I cannot praise them enough for their determination and courage in what was a
harrowing ordeal. I believe they represent the finest officers of the police service and it is an honour to serve amongst them".
The events which led up to the violent spree in Kingsbury started back in October 9, last year, when Haughton - living in a bedsit in Hopton Road, Streatham, was asked to turn down his loud music by neighbours.
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 just after 20.00hrs, spotting a Samurai sword wedged into a gate.
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.
The officers finally managed to restrain him and he was taken to Brixton police station and charged.
Haughton appeared at court and was subsequently bailed to live at his brother's address in Milford Gardens.
On Saturday, November 19, 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 PC Stephen Barker 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 PC Harding 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.
PC Ali Hinchliff attempted to help PC Harding and was slashed across the left side of his face, the knife penetrating his mouth. Haughton continued to stab at PC Hinchliff causing deep wounds to his arm.
PC Andy Robb was stabbed twice across his left leg before he then attempted to stab PC Sham Haque in the neck but was stopped by PC Barker who grabbed his wrist, preventing serious injury or worse.
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.
Constables Harding, Hinchliff and Robb went straight into surgery.
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.
In all Haughton was found guilty of ABH on PC Stephen Barker, attempted murder of PC Tom Harding and PC Ali Hinchliff, GBH on PC Andy Robb, attempted GBH on PC Sham Haque and ABH on PC John Charlton.
He was found not guilty of attempted GBH on Sgt David Weir.