LAST NOVEMBER an off-duty plain clothes police officer was stabbed in an alleyway near the Bow Bells pub in Bow Road. On Friday, 26th May, Andrew Beadie was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent in carrying out that attack.
Beadie, aged 20, who lived in Claremont Road, was also found guilty of common assault against an unidentified member of the public. He will return to the Old Bailey on Friday, 16th June for sentencing.
The jury was told that Beadie, his partner and her 16 year old twin sons took the DLR from Devons Road to Bow Church. As they left the DLR, shortly before 9pm, CCTV caught Beadie punching a passer-by, who fell to the ground. This victim has never been found.
The four then went into the alleyway next to the Bow Bells pub, where Beadie began speaking to a man – accusing him of looking at his girlfriend. Beadie then produced a large knife and stabbed the man in the abdomen.
Beadie was not aware that his victim was an off duty police officer – who was attached to the Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime and Operations Team. The officer was with some colleagues who were able to give him first aid. He was taken to hospital by ambulance, where – fortunately – he responded to treatment and in due course was discharged.
Police arrested Beadie a week after the accident. They were not able to recover the knife used to wound the officer, but they did find a photograph of a knife on Beadie’s mobile phone which was consistent with the injuries caused.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This was a cowardly, unprovoked and sickening knife attack on a police officer. We will never know quite what motivated Beadie to embark upon a series of violent assaults that night, but throughout his interview with police and his evidence to the jury he has shown not a shred of genuine remorse. […] There can be no doubt Beadie intended to cause abject fear that night and serious harm. He can expect a significant custodial sentence, and this should act as a timely reminder of the consequences of carrying a knife on the streets of London.”