A drug dealer was yesterday jailed for 25 years for attempting to murder an on-duty Dorset Police officer.His defence? Well, ‘pathetic’ doesn’t quite sum it up:
Michael Edward, 45, stabbed PC Craig Bartlett as the officer tried to arrest him as part of a lengthy drug surveillance operation.
During his trial Edward said he was not aware PC Barlett was a police officer, although evidence was heard from PC Barlett that he shouted “Stop police” twice – something that was supported by a number of other officers at the scene.Mitigation is similarly inept:
Mitigating, Jerome Lynch said Edward has expressed “genuine remorse” for the injuries he caused PC Bartlett.The judge, for once, isn’t having it:
In a letter to his victim, Edward wrote: “I write this letter to you to express my humble apologies for the pain and suffering brought to you and your family for my actions caused while carrying out your job.
“I hope some day you will find it in your heart to forgive my actions because they were purely unintentional. I understand how difficult your job can be.”
Sentencing Edward, Judge Samuel Wiggs said: “You formed the intention, no doubt, that you would kill him so you could make good your own escape.Indeed. Nice to see one judge who isn’t fooled.
“You plunged that large knife deep inside his body.
“At the time, you, as an active drug dealer, were prepared to kill a person who was trying to arrest you. Your sorrow is on benefit of hindsight.”