First picture of thug who hit police officer over the head with a spade in desperate attempt to evade arrest

A thug who violently attacked a police officer with a spade in Bromley has been jailed for 9 years.

On Tuesday (March 2), Jay Baptise, 32 of Crystal Palace Park Road, Crystal Palace was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court for grievous bodily hurt.

The court docket heard the vicious assault occurred on September 14 final 12 months after a member of public reported males breaking into a home on Sherwood Road, West Wickham.

Two officers, PC Alex Gray and PC Matt Lockie, accepted the name and arrived on scene round 5 minutes later. When they arrived they realised that Baptiste and his felony accomplice have been nonetheless inside the home.

PC Gray promptly went to the again of the property whereas his accomplice PC Lockie remained at the entrance to comprise the tackle and anticipate again up.

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At the rear of the property, PC Gray approached a damaged window and recognized Baptise inside.

After saying he was a police officer, PC Gray drew his baton and informed Baptiste to ‘get down’.

Baptise ignored the officer’s request and stepped backwards into the room and a second man grew to become seen behind him.

Despite being outnumbered, PC Gray continued to ask the burglars to keep the place they have been.

The second man, who is but to be recognized, then picked up a shovel and used it to smash by the backside of the wood door that led into the relaxation of the home.

He then dropped the shovel and crawled by the hole making his escape.

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PC Gray then entered the property by the damaged window and confronted Baptiste.

At this level the thug picked up the shovel and swung it at the officer’s head a number of instances, inflicting critical lacerations to his head and face.

Baptise then tried to escape however was detained by PC Gray regardless of his critical head accidents.

PC Gray was handled in hospital for head accidents that resulted in everlasting scarring.

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Baptise was charged on September 15 with residential housebreaking with intent to steal in relation to the break in at the home, non-residential housebreaking and GBH. Due to the overwhelming proof towards him, Baptise pleaded responsible to all the offences at Croydon Crown Court.

He was jailed for a whole of 9 years.

Detective Inspector Mel Lillywhite, who lead the investigation, mentioned: “This sentence represents the critical nature of the assault and the accidents sustained by the officer and can be certain that the public are protected against this violent particular person for a appreciable time to come.

“Assaults towards officers won’t be tolerated and we are going to proceed to place these who commit violent acts earlier than the courts.

“I would really like to commend the officers concerned in this case for persevering with to do their responsibility to defend the public regardless of the horrific degree of violence they have been confronted with, in specific the officer who sustained such terrible accidents.

“Police officers are risking their lives on the frontline day-after-day and deserve recognition for his or her dedication to holding Londoners and their property secure.”

The second suspect stays excellent.

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