Man found guilty of trying to kill a police officer

22/11/2012

A 23 year-old man was today found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court with the attempted murder of a female police officer

Marijus Kaminskis tried to strangle the officer on 23 May 2012, after she had tracked him to woodland, following his escape from police custody.

Graham Hubbard, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Police officers do a very difficult and dangerous job, often putting their lives on the line. They regularly deal with some of the most violent members of society, such as Marijus Kaminskis, in order to protect the public.

"Kaminskis was originally arrested and detained due to concerns over his mental wellbeing. He however managed to escape custody and fled into woodland. Officers were called into the area to locate and arrest him.

"The victim, an experienced dog handler, tracked and then apprehended him, however, he managed to overpower the police officer and began to strangle her. The officer tried to resist but due to the force of the strangulation, she was drifting in and out of consciousness, but thankfully, she managed to press her panic button and other officers arrived.

"The defendant's clear intention was to kill the officer and it took three of her colleagues to pull Kaminskis off the victim by using batons and a taser in order to save her and arrest him.

"I would like to pay tribute to the bravery of all the officers involved in this case, in particular the officers who rescued their colleague. It does not even bear thinking of what could have happened if they had not arrived to assist her when they did."