Drug dealer guilty of battering senior police officer in Ladbroke Grove

Ayoub Benhammwu has been found guilty of assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm

Ayoub Benhammwu has been found guilty of the attack

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A London drug dealer has been found guilty of assaulting a senior Metropolitan Police officer, leaving him with significant injuries.

Ayoub Benhammwu, 22 and of Lisson Grove, Marylebone, was found guilty of assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) and two counts of possession with intent to supply cannabis at Isleworth Crown Court.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the same court to be sentenced on February 16.

On Saturday August 6, 2016 Detective Superintendent Raffaele D'Orsi, acting borough commander of Kensington & Chelsea police, and PC Paul Maher were patrolling in Kensington Park Road. They spotted Benhammwu, who had arrived at the scene on a moped, acting suspiciously looking into an apartment window.

On challenging Benhammwu, he made off from the officers on foot and was followed by D'Orsi on foot, whilst Maher followed in a vehicle.

At the junction of Arundel Gardens and Ladbroke Grove, Benhammwu was tackled by D'Orsi. During the ensuing struggle Benhammwu kicked the officer three times, dislocating his shoulder and knocking him unconscious.

Benhammwu was detained by Maher and members of the public. Following search of a Benhammwu a quantity of herbal cannabis along with cannabis resin was found.

He was arrested and subsequently charged on August 8, 2016.

D'Orsi said "'I would like to thank those members of the community, my local colleagues and specialist trained firearms officers who came to my aid when I was kicked unconscious during this attack.

"Policing is very much about working with communities to reduce harm. I know that had it not been for the help of members of the Notting Hill community, PC Maher might not have detained Benhammwu, a moped-enabled violent drug dealer.

"I am also very grateful for those public witnesses who came forward to give evidence of the attack I was subjected to; without their brave evidence justice may not have been secured."