Gravesend man jailed after assaulting off-duty police officer
PUBLISHED: 18:00 28 May 2014
A 19-year-old man has been jailed for 18 months after assaulting an off-duty police officer and trying to steal his bicycle.
Javid Ahmadzai, of Havengore Avenue, Gravesend, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit robbery at Blackfriars Crown Court and was sentenced on May 20.
The incident occurred around midnight on August 4 2013 at Abbey Wood station.
Sgt Brian Washbourn, based in Greenwich, was travelling home from work and intervened when Ahmadzai tried to steal his bike from the train carriage.
Det Const Mark Agrippa, of BTP’s robbery squad, said: “The victim boarded the train at Woolwich Arsenal station and placed his bike close to doors. When the train arrived at Abbey Wood, Ahmadzai and a group of men got off the adjacent carriage and while walking past the open doors attempted to grab the cycle.
“The victim intervened and was assaulted while trying to prevent Ahmadzai from stealing his bike. Thanks to the efforts of fellow passengers on the train, Ahmadzai left the scene empty handed.
“This was a completely unacceptable assault. Members of the public have the right to travel on the rail network without the fear of violence and BTP will always fully investigate all such incidents.”
Ahmadzai was arrested on November 26 2013 and was charged on January 18.
Sgt Washbourn said: “I’m pleased that my colleagues in BTP were rewarded for their hard work in securing this conviction. I was quite shaken by the incident and if it hadn’t been for the intervention of other passengers I fear I would have been seriously assaulted.”