Bodycam footage captures moment murderer attacked police officers with hammer

Casey Mills
January 15, 2017

Jamshid Piruz, who previously served six years in jail after slitting a woman's throat in the Netherlands in 2006, was cornered by police while carrying the weapon at flats in Crawley, in January last year. Police can be seen waiting, armed with tasers and canines before Piruz appears.

The body cam footage shows police Piruz attacking police officers with a hammer after they asked him to exit a garage to which they were called to investigate a burglary.

PC Jessica Chick is then cornered by the hammer-wielding killer and is heard letting off a blood-curdling scream as Piruz launches his attack. The officers discharged three Tasers at Piruz, which failed to control him.

PC Young was struck on the neck and shoulder and required hospital treatment.

Piruz pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to burglary, two counts of attempting to cause GBH with intent and affray.

The court heard how Piruz was sentenced to 12 years jail in the Netherlands for the "cold-blooded" killing of his tenant in Almere and visited Britain In December 2015, following his release.

He then came to Britain in December 2015 and days later on January 7 previous year he was spotted attempting a tool shed burglary.

Jamshid Piruz being tasered
PAThe man is a convicted murderer in Holland who slit a woman's throat

"I have never been in a situation where I thought "This is it, I am going to die or I am going to be brain dead".

"Piruz", he said, "suffered "acute psychotic episodes".

The prosecutor said the killer claimed to be married with a daughter, was born in Afghanistan and was granted asylum in the Netherlands at the age of 16 following the death of his parents.

Simon Blackford, defending, said his client, who sobbed in the dock, was remorseful for his actions.

Speaking after the sentencing Detective Constable James Gwynne said: 'This was a particularly violent incident and one which highlights the real risk our officers can face when they do their job.

Luckily, the officers, PC Jessica Chick and PC Stewart Young, recovered from their injuries and were commended in Parliament for their bravery.

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