Thug ‘stabbed policewoman with pen as he vowed to kill her after being tasered’

A thug stabbed a policewoman in the face with a Biro pen as he vowed to kill her after being tasered, a court heard.

PC Alexandra Dobbs was attacked as she tried to handcuff Adrian Popa, 40, after officers were called to Edgware, northwest London on August 16 last year.

Popa, who was on bail at the time with conditions not to enter the address, was spotted in the garden by neighbours who reported his presence to police.

PC Dobbs was the first to arrive at the scene on Manor Park Crescent and found Popa snarling and refusing to stand still.

Officers tasered him but he managed to wrench free and charge at the policewoman saying: “Kill you.”

He was caught on bodyworn camera stabbing PC Dobbs in her face and neck as she screamed in agony.

Bespectacled Popa admitted making threats to kill and assault occasioning actual bodily harm at the Old Bailey today.

A previous charge of attempted murder and an alternative of wounding with intent will be left to lie on file.

Prosecutor Sarah Przybylska said: “Those pleas are accepted by the prosecution and when he is sentenced my application will be for [attempted murder and wounding with intent] to lie on file.

“Discussions have been had with the victim officer. It is important that the views of the victim are taken into account.”

Common Serjeant of London, Judge Richard Marks, QC, said: “This is clearly a very serious matter involving an attack on a serving police officer and threat to kill her.

“My view is that it plainly merits and demands an immediate custodial sentence.”

Popa, of no fixed address, admitted actual bodily harm and making threats to kill.

He will be sentenced on Friday.