Two men have been found guilty over an attack that saw a London police officer thrown into the path of an oncoming bus.
Martin Payne and Kursan Euell, both 20, were involved in an attack on two police constables who carried out a stop on a vehicle in Merton, on Saturday November 17.
Shocking footage of the incident emerged on social media last month, showing the terrifying scuffle in the middle of a dark street.
A female officer who suffered head injuries and a male officer who suffered cuts in the incident were taken to a west London hospital and have since been discharged.
At Kingston Crown Court today Payne, of south Croydon, pleaded guilty to one count of Actual Bodily Harm (ABH).
He also admitted driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a licence.
Euell, of Catford, pleaded guilty to two counts of ABH.
In police interview Euell had previously claimed he was at his grandmother’s 80th birthday party that night and had never visited the Streatham Hill area in south London that weekend.
He had even said he had six witnesses who would say he was at his gran’s.
But a court heard that Pc McGinty was not the first female police officer that Euell had attacked.
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Trevor Green, prosecuting, said: "On 17 November it’s 7.50pm at Kingswood Road. PC Collins and PC McGinty stopped a silver BMW which had initially shown that it was uninsured.
"There were three occupants in the car. Whilst asking the driver questions about insurance and licenses, the driver then ran away from police but was detained.
"PC Collins held on to him. This defendant is believed to be the person who jump-kicked PC McGinty into the path of a London bus which narrowly avoided her.
"This defendant takes several steps back then takes a running jump at the female police officer. He then dropkicks the victim."
Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, OCU Commander for Roads and Transport Policing and Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar, South West BCU Commander said in a joint statement: “The impact of this despicable assault has been considerable, not only on the two officers involved but on their families, friends and colleagues.
“Whilst police officers are rightly expected to handle difficult and hostile situations on a regular basis, we do not accept that assaults are part of the job, and we feel that our officers deserve the protection of the law in order to do their jobs effectively.
“We are pleased that the two suspects have been brought before the court swiftly thanks to the hard work of Detective Constable Jean-Paul Ricot-Gomez and the rest of the team.
“We would also like to publicly thank the member of public who stepped in to assist at the time and his actions will be recognised at a formal commendation ceremony.
“We are also grateful to the many members of public and colleagues from the emergency services who passed on their best wishes to our officers, having seen the video of the incident in the media. We really value your support.”
Payne and Euell will be sentenced at the same court on January 21.
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