A thug boasted ‘I chopped your cops with a cleaver’ after launching a frenzied assault on two law enforcement officials.
David Dowson, 26, turned on PCs Josh McCorry and Glenn Coletta as they had been returning a baby to a block of flats in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, on June 14 final yr.
He claimed he knew the kid and would take him as the 2 officers had been struggling to enter the safe shut.
Dowson then threatened to ‘put holes’ within the PCs, including: ‘Come to my gaff and see what happens.’
He was warned about his behaviour and he allowed PC Coletta entry to the shut. That’s when Dowson grabbed the constable and pulled out a meat cleaver.
Prosecutor Margaret Barr mentioned: ‘He raised it above his head before striking down with full force towards PC Coletta’s face.’
PC Coletta blocked the blow with his hand, however was left severely injured.
His accomplice raced into the shut to assist, however Dowson punched him and introduced the cleaver down full power in direction of PC McCorry’s head, inflicting him to fall to the bottom.
He saved swinging the weapon on the officer, making contact a minimum of as soon as. One officer managed to escape by means of the door whereas the opposite jumped out of a window to get away.
Reinforcements arrived and Dowson was finally handcuffed and put in a police van.
As he was being eliminated, he shouted to bystanders: ‘Cops tried to come into my house without a warrant. I went at them with a meat cleaver. Aye, I chopped up your cops with a cleaver.’
The stunning incident emerged as Dowson appeared by way of video hyperlink on the High Court in Glasgow, the place he pleaded responsible to trying to murder PC McCorry. He additionally admitted endangering the lifetime of PC Coletta.
PC McCorry, 23 on the time of the assault, had the tip of his proper thumb sliced off and suffered a 3cm reduce to the highest of his head.
He mentioned: ‘I actually just feel lucky to be alive. I thought I was going to die.’
PC Coletta required surgical procedure to a extreme damage to his proper hand, which has left scarring.
He mentioned: ‘Thinking back on it is sickening. It actually keeps me awake at night thinking about what happened. I’m fortunate to be alive.’
Dowson was remanded pending sentencing subsequent month.
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