News Public Prosecution 24th Jan 2020

Jonathan Rees QC and Nneka Akudolu secure the conviction of Muhammad Rodwan following machete attack on a police officer

Just before midnight on 7th August 2019, PC Stuart Outten and a colleague had pulled Mr Rodwan’s van over during a routine traffic stop on High Road Leyton, as he was suspected of driving with no insurance.

After briefly speaking to the officers, Mr Rodwan attempted to leave the scene ignoring their requests to provide his details at the kerbside.

Once back inside his vehicle, Mr Rodwan pushed PC Outten who was preventing him from leaving. A violent struggle ensued culminating in Mr Rodwan striking the officer multiple times to the head and right arm with a machete. This was captured on both officer’s body worn cameras and also on the mobile telephones of several members of the public.

The attack was only brought to an end when PC Outten was able to deploy his taser- twice, which eventually incapacitated Mr Rodwan. PC Outten sustained 6 deep wounds to his head,  4 fractures to his skull and fractures to his right hand.

Mohammad Rodwan was convicted of wounding with intent and sentenced to a total of 16 years imprisonment with a 3 year extended licence having been concluded to be a dangerous offender by the trial Judge.

Jonathan Rees QC & Nneka Akudolu were both instructed by Ade Olojo, CPS London.

This case attracted significant media attention, some reports can be seen here, here and here.


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