further officers were needed due to his level of violence.
Mohammed Rahman, aged 25, of West London, received a life sentence for stabbing two Met Police officers following a police pursuit.
Kingston Crown Court heard that around 6 am on September 16, 2023, two officers were patrolling the Leicester Square area.
Both officers had been dealing with another incident after a woman’s drink had been spiked in a nightclub.
A member of the public then approached them, saying a man had robbed him of his mobile phone and was wielding a knife.
The two female officers quickly located Rahman and approached him.
Rahman refused to cooperate and suddenly lunged towards them. He ran off, pursued by the two officers.
Two more officers arrived but when they tried to arrest Rahman, he stabbed PC Mulhall. The stab wound was to her right upper arm and cut through the muscle down to the bone.
Repeated attempts were made to detain Rahman but further officers were needed due to his level of violence.
When further officers tried to arrest him, Rahman repeatedly stabbed PC Joseph Gerrard.
He suffered five stab wounds to his head, arm and chest.
The most serious was a wound to his chest which punctured a lung. It was only through the work of paramedics that the chest injury did not have more serious consequences.
A third officer received a slight wound to his finger, which although it caused significant bleeding, was not as serious.
Officers were eventually able to arrest Rahman.
Due to the severity of the injuries to the officers, an investigation was launched by detectives from the Specialist Crime Command.
Extensive enquiries were carried out to gather as much evidence as possible and CCTV footage was recovered from the area.
This captured the initial report of Rahman being spotted with a knife, the attack on the officers and his eventual arrest.
The officers’ bodycam footage was also reviewed and captured Rahman’s prolonged attack.
Rahman was found guilty of the attempted murder of one police officer, and GBH with intent against a second officer.
He was also convicted of possession of a bladed article, assault (ABH) and two counts of threatening a person in a public place with a bladed article.
He was also convicted of the robbery involving the member of the public.
Both officers were taken to hospital and underwent surgery for their injuries. They returned to duty earlier in 2023.
Rahman was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 20 years.
Detective Inspector Ollie Stride, who led the investigation, said:
“Today’s sentencing of Rahman for the attempted murder of PC Joe Gerrard and the serious injury of PC Alannah Mulhall reflects the seriousness of his offences.
“The courage and bravery of Joe and Alannah, as well as the medical intervention of their colleagues, firearms officers and paramedics, prevented a much worse outcome.
“This was a real team effort by the first responders, firearms officers, specialist uniform colleagues, paramedics and medical staff as well as the investigation team with the support of the Crown Prosecution Service and prosecution counsel.
“I would like to thank all of them.”
David Malone, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London South, said:
“This was a shocking and horrific incident that highlights the courage required to be a frontline police officer.”
“My thoughts are with those officers who were injured protecting our community.
“May I also pay tribute to the Metropolitan Police Service for a meticulous investigation and to the prosecution team who worked tirelessly, building a strong case to bring this dangerous individual to justice.
“I hope this case sends out a clear message to those who carry knives and plan to harm others.
“You will be caught, and you will be prosecuted, whenever our legal test is met.”