Men convicted of violent attack on police officers

|News, Violent crime

Two men have admitted violently assaulting police officers in an attack which saw a female officer kicked toward the path of traffic.

Kersan Euell, 20, and Martin Payne, 19, attacked the officers after the car Payne was driving was stopped in Merton, south London, on November 17, for having no insurance.

They admitted their offences today (Friday 14 December) at Kingston Crown Court.

Kersan Euell admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. During the incident, Euell took a run-up to deliver a flying kick to the chest of a female officer, knocking her backwards towards the path of an oncoming bus. She suffered a serious head injury.

Payne had tried to run and then punched the male police officer in the face. He also admitted driving offences.

Charlotte Chirico, of the CPS, said: "The CPS looked at the evidence provided to us by police, which included shocking camera footage.

"Because of the injuries suffered by the male officer, along with the deliberate way Kersan Euell took a run-up before launching a flying kick on a female officer, we pursued charges of actual bodily harm.

"Both attackers have now pleaded guilty to ABH against both police officers, which reflects the severity of the attack.

"I hope this case acts as a deterrent to anyone who might try to assault a police officer thinking they will get off lightly."

Both men will be sentenced on 21 January at Kingston Crown Court.

The CPS will ask the court to pass an increased sentence to take into account the new Assaults on Emergency Workers Act which makes assaulting an emergency worker an aggravating feature.

Notes to editors

  • Charlotte Chirico is a District Crown Prosecutor in CPS London South
  • Kersan Euell (DOB: 03/11/1998) admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm
  • Martin Payne (DOB: 06/11/1990) admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, using a motor vehicle without third party insurance and using a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

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