TWO men who launched an attack on police — during which a female officer was kicked into the path of a moving bus — have been jailed.
Kersan Euell and pal Martin Payne lashed out at officers after being pulled over inside a BMW.
Euell ‘performed a fly-kick’ on PC Lorraine McGinty, causing her to fall backwards into the path of the bus which missed her by inches. PC John Collins suffered a fractured rib while trying to detain Payne.
A video of the incident in Merton, south-west London, last November went viral. It prompted Twitter users to criticise bystanders for failing to step in and help.
PC McGinty still suffers from back problems. In a victim statement read to Kingston crown court she said the attack ‘shocked me to the core’ and her daughter is ‘begging’ her to retire. ‘I had no idea how close I had come to being killed or seriously injured having been kicked under a bus until I saw it on the news,’ she said.
The court heard the officers carried out a ‘routine stop’ on the BMW, which contained the defendants and a third person not yet identified.
Stephen Apted, prosecuting, said Payne tried to run off and a ‘violent struggle’ ensued with PC Collins being punched and kicked while PC McGinty tried to use CS spray. ‘One of the men can be heard saying “get off, I will shank you”,’ said the prosecutor. ‘Mr Euell returned and performed a fly-kick on PC McGinty, kicking her to the ground. She narrowly misses a passing bus.’
PC McGinty struggled to her feet and overpowered Payne with the help of onlookers.
Euell (pictured), 20, of Catford, south-east London, who admitted two counts of actual bodily harm, was jailed for three years and six months. Payne, 19, of New Malden, south-west London, who admitted ABH and driving without insurance, got two years and nine months.