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Fixated knifeman’s ‘frenzied’ attack on cop from old school

Video link: Basildon crown court PICTURE: PA

A KNIFEMAN stabbed an off-duty police officer 11 times after becoming ‘fixated’ with him.

John McCartney, who had been at school with the victim years earlier, developed the obsession even though they had only ever said ‘hello’ in passing.

The 40-year-old knocked on the officer’s door and stabbed him when he opened it, in a ‘sustained and frenzied’ attack.

The seriously wounded victim protected his wife and children by flooring the knifeman, jumping on his back and lying on him until help arrived in Rayleigh, Essex.

‘Despite suffering 11 stab and slash wounds, a number of which were extremely serious, our officer, using tactics learnt during his police training, battled valiantly to keep McCartney away from his family, and to restrain him to prevent him causing harm to his family and neighbours,’ Essex Police said.

McCartney, who is being held in a secure psychiatric facility, admitted attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon via video link during a hearing yesterday at Basildon crown court.

Judge Samantha Leigh adjourned sentencing until March 6 when she will hear evidence from psychiatrists about his mental state.

After the hearing, Essex Police issued a statement revealing that McCartney and the officer had been at school together.

In the weeks leading up to the attack at about 9pm on April 24 last year, the knifeman had conducted a campaign of harassment against the victim on social media.

The officer suffered six stab wounds to his chest, lacerations to his chest, arm and abdomen and wounds to his upper arm and feet.

His wife and neighbours helped him to restrain McCartney.