Horror moment hero police officer slashed in head with machete and survives

Police officer Stuart Outten was struck in the head with a 2ft long blade – and horror footage captured the terrifying moment.

Muhammad Rodwan struck PC Stuart Outten six times with a machete in August last year.

The 56-year-old was found guilty at the Old Bailey today of wounding with intent but not guilty of possessing an offensive weapon or attempted murder.

Video shared today captured the horrific injuries that PC Outten suffered after the attack which unfolded when Rodwan was stopped for having no insurance in Leyton, East London.

As PC Outten places him under arrest the man resists before punching the officer and unleashing the attack with a sharpened machete.

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The officer tasers him despite profusely bleeding.

PC Outten shouts to a passerby for his radio despite suffering deep gashes to the head, broken fingers and a wounded arm.

Blood is seen pouring to the ground.

Rodwan, 56, who has previous convictions for rape and two machete attacks, claimed he acted in self-defence, telling police: "My life is worth more than his life."

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A jury deliberated for seven hours to find Rodwan guilty of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Rodwan made no reaction as the verdicts were delivered.

He was cleared of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Rodwan claimed he had the machete in his van for his gardening work.

PC Outten said: "On that night I was just doing my job, doing what I'm trained to do, but more importantly making sure I didn't die, because that was a distinct possibility had the attack carried on.

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"Once he's started hitting me in the head with the machete, then I realised it was escalating very quickly and I was having to now fight for my life.

"I recall specifically as I was falling to the floor, having fired the first shot and aiming for the second (thinking) that if this doesn't work, this might be it.

"But luckily the taser worked. It did its job. He fell incapacitated next to me and I was able to use it to keep him on the floor and to keep myself alive."

Discussing his attacker, PC Outten said: "It feels good to see the system going through the paces, but personal feelings for him? I don't have any.

"There's no hatred. He did what he did, he's now paying the price for it.

"I don't feel the attack was personal. He was attacking an officer in uniform and I responded as such."

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