Dec 20 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
A VIOLENT knife attacker who attempted to murder police officers in Kingsbury has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.
Paranoid schizophrenic Christopher Haughton, of Milford Gardens, Harrow, was ordered to a secure medical unit, on Thursday last week, by a judge at the Old Bailey, after being convicted of a series of offences relating to the attack on November 19, 2011, and to an incident in south London a month earlier for which he was apparently seeking revenge.
The bloody frenzied attack began when the 33-year-old was approached by Harrow police officers in Kenton Road, Kenton, after a member of the public saw him shouting and acting agitated.
Haughton bit PC Stephen Barker on the arm, tearing his fleece, and threw bricks and other missiles, one striking PC Barker on the hand.
The suspect wandered into Kingsbury Halal Butchers in Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, and headed for the preparation area at the rear of the store, where he grabbed a 10inch knife and lunged at his pursuing officers.
The defendant straddled PC Tom Harding and stabbed him several times in the chest. One blow edged between the officer's shield and his protective vest, causing an 8in deep stab wound to his abdomen that perforated his bowel. PC Ali Hinchliff attempted to help his colleague and was slashed across the left side of his face and in his arm in the process.
Another officer, PC Andy Robb, was stabbed twice in his left leg and Haughton attempted to stab PC Sham Haque in the neck, but was stopped by PC Barker.
Haughton was eventually overpowered, disarmed and arrested by uninjured police officers. Constables Harding, Hinchliff and Robb went straight into surgery.
Haughton was convicted of the attempted murders of PCs Harding and Hinchliff, of causing actual bodily harm to PC Vicky Vincent, PC Stephen Barker and PC John Charlton, of the common assault of PC Alison Spruce, of causing grievous bodily harm to PC Andy Robb, of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to PC Sham Haque, but was acquitted of the attempting to cause grievous bodily harm of Sergeant David Weir.