Wednesday 21 March 2018

'I have never been so scared in my life' Man jailed for life after horrific hammer attack on police officers Newsdesk and Agencies

A politician has called for US-style border checks in the UK after a murderer was able to holiday in England before launching a hammer attack on two police officers after missing his flight home.

Jamshid Piruz, who was born in Afghanistan but has Dutch citzenship, was initially jailed in the Netherlands and served six years of a 12-year jail term after he slit the throat of his female tenant in 2007.

Yesterday, Hove Crown Court heard that after arriving in Britain in December 2015 to visit relatives, Dutch citizen Piruz missed his return flight home from Gatwick Airport on January 4 2016.

After attempting a break in on January 7, he attacked Police Constables Jessica Chick and Stuart Young with a claw hammer in an incident "akin to a horror film".

Dramatic police bodycam footage showed Piruz being cornered by officers in a tool shed before he lashed out with the weapon.

Piruz pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to burglary, two counts of attempting to cause GBH with intent and affray.

Jailing Piruz to life with a minimum of six years, Judge Jeremy Gold QC told him: "This was an incident of truly terrifying violence, the officers were in fear of their lives and you had no reason to attack them whatsoever."

Simon Blackford, defending, said his client, who sobbed in the dock, was remorseful for his actions.

PC Chick told the court: "I have never been so scared in my life" while PC Young described it as "akin to a horror film".

The case raised questions over Britain's ability to protect itself from high-risk offenders who travel across borders, and over the sharing of information about criminals among countries.

One MP said it was a "shocking case" that highlighted the need to end free movement rules and for Britain to introduce a US-style pre-entry check system paid for by visitors.

Conservative Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke said following the case that it highlighted the need for Britain to introduce more robust border checks.

He said: "This is a truly shocking case. It's simply unacceptable that a convicted murderer like this was allowed into Britain. This is why we need to end free movement and take back control of our borders with stronger border checks.

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