Man sentenced over officer stabbing caught on camera

Kent Police has released body-worn video footage of a struggle in which a man tried to stab an officer.

Jun 4, 2019
By Website Editor

Sean Higgins, 40, of Ashford, Kent called officers to his home on June 1, 2018 claiming intruders were attempting to get into his garden.

When officers arrived they found Higgins, under the influence of drugs, wielding an 11-inch kitchen knife.

After he tried to open his television with the knife, he started threatening the officers.

One officer was stabbed three times but was not seriously injured as he was protected by his stab vest.

He managed to get the knife from Higgins but suffered a cut to his hand.

Kent Police has released footage from the officer’s body-worn video camera.

Higgins denied attempted grievous bodily harm with intent but was found guilty following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court on May 31.

He was sentenced to nine years in prison and must spend an additional three years on licence.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Andrew Palmer said: “The officer injured during this incident was lucky not to be seriously hurt or worse. Thankfully his stab-proof vest protected him from Higgins’ violent outburst and the only injury he suffered was on his hand.

“Higgins will now serve time in prison for what he did, where he can reflect on his actions and the consequences of turning to knives as weapons.”

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