Police have released a shocking video showing an officer being stabbed in the face with a pen in Barnet.
Adrian Popa, 40, was caught on bodycam running from police through residential gardens in Edgware.
Despite being tasered, he charged at the female member of the force and repeatedly stabbed and threatened to kill her.
He was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday, February 12.
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The Court heard that police were called to a garden in Manor Park Crescent after a resident spotted the Romanian national on August 16, 2020, just before 10.30am.
He was subject to bail conditions that prohibited him from being in the area.
Officers scrambled to the scene and Popa began jumping fences in a bid to evade The Met.
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He was pursued and apprehended by an officer and a police taser was fired, however, it did not stop Popa.
He launched a ferocious attack on the officer, stabbing her in the face multiple times with a pen and threatening to kill her.
Colleagues arrived and a police taser was again deployed and discharged.
Popa was then arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer and making threats to kill.
He was taken to hospital as a precaution prior to going into police custody.
The officer was treated at the scene by paramedics from the London Ambulance Service before being taken to hospital. Following a period of recuperation, the officer has since returned to work.
Popa pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm and making threats to kill.
He received three years and 10 months imprisonment for the threats and 15 months for ABH, to run concurrently.
Detective Constable Huss Ahmed, investigating officer for the case, said: “The officer in this incident is incredibly lucky. But for sheer fortune, her injuries may well have been life-changing or worse, and we could have been looking at a very different investigation.
“I am glad Popa has admitted his guilt, and will now serve a custodial sentence. This serves a reminder that we will pursue anyone who attacks our colleagues, and will work to put them before the courts to face justice.”
Chief Inspector James Noble, North West Command Unit, added: “This example highlights the risk that police officers face when they go to work.
“No officer should expect to be attacked in this way. Popa is a violent man who will now face the consequences of his abhorrent actions that day. We have and will always work to pursue charges against those who assault emergency workers.”