Man found guilty after unleashing 'extreme violence' during knife attack on Met officers

Man found guilty after unleashing 'extreme violence' during knife attack on Met officers

A man has been found guilty of a 'horrific' knife attack on four Metropolitan police officers who he lured to a house.

Alex Traykov rang 999 to report a fight at a house in Islington, before unleashing "extreme violence" on the officers in October.
 
He was cleared of attempted murder, but convicted of three counts of wounding with intent and a fourth charge of attempted wounding with intent, in what was a 'harrowing' case according to Metropolitan Police Federation Chairman Ken Marsh.
 
Traykov, 20, of Redhill in Surrey, will be sentenced on 10 May.
 
The BBC reports how the court heard Traykov - who used the alias "Solomon" -  had lured officers to Liverpool Road on 6 October.
 
He then lay in wait with a large kitchen knife hidden behind his back in the hallway of his friend's flat.
 
Within three minutes, four constables arrived on the doorstep unprepared for the "extreme violence" about to be unleashed on them, the Old Bailey heard.
 
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC told jurors: "Without hesitation or warning and certainly without the slightest provocation from the officers, he raised his right hand and proceeded to attack the officers."
 
Traykov brought the blade down on to the head of PC Istarlin Said-Ali, 31, cutting her hand as she warded off a second blow.
 
He lunged at PC Rafal Zedziora, 34, cutting his face and slashing the back of his neck.
 
Traykov went on to attack PC Ben Thomson, 40, before he was Tasered by PC Launa Watkins, 39.
 
The former Winchester University history student said he was so "high" on strong cannabis he was not thinking straight.
 
He claimed he had called 999 to play a "prank" on his friend then forgotten all about it and made crumpets with jam.
 
Ken said:  "This has been a harrowing case and we are pleased that the right conclusion has been reached.
 
"It sadly shows that police officers never know what the dangers will be when the call comes in.
 
"Our thoughts remain with our colleagues affected by this horrific attack. They will carry the scars of this horrific incident forever."