A terrified policeman switched on his bodycam to record a devastating goodbye message to his family, after he was so badly beaten he thought he was going to die following a horror attack while on duty.
Alan Keeble, 30, battered the police officer until he was knocked out cold and left him needing metal plates fitted to his face.
The violent attack took place after police responded to a report of domestic violence at Oakbrook Close, Bromley on February 10.
On Monday, Croydon Crown Court heard how Keeble had become aggressive after police arrested him for making threats to kill at his address.
The 30-year-old thug clenched his right fist before he punched one officer in the face which caused him to fall backwards on to a table.
He continued to punch the officer in the face, back and head, while other officers at the scene tried their best to pull him away.
Keeble then launched a second attack on another officer and punched him straight in the head, causing bruising.
It was reported that the police officer believed that he was going to die and turned on his BWV to record a final message to his wife and baby.
The assault was so severe that the officer lost consciousness during the attack and was taken out of the property with a swollen face and bleeding nose.
He received first aid treatment at the scene and was rushed to the Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington.
A CT scan showed multiple fractures to his face, including his eye and cheek, which left the officer needing four metal plates inserted into his face.
On Monday, September 13, Keeble appeared in court after he previously pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.
He was jailed for seven years and was placed on an extended licence for an additional three years after the judge said it was necessary to protect the public.
He was also sentenced to three months, to run concurrently, for assaulting an emergency worker concerning the second officer.
Detective Sergeant Danielle Power of South Area CID, based at Bromley Police Station, applauded the officers for their bravery following the harrowing attack.
He said: “Police officers never know what they will face when they attend an incident during their shift.
“These officers have shown incredible bravery serving on the frontline. The impact of always running into danger and helping the public cannot be underestimated.
“In this case, Keeble lashed out and viciously attacked the officers for just doing their job. The quick actions of colleagues stopped the situation from becoming much worse.
“What this officer has had to go through is abhorrent. He has been left with a permanent reminder of the attack with metal plates in his face.
“This sentencing shows that we do not tolerate any abuse of our officers and offenders will be dealt with. Violence has consequences and I am glad Keeble has rightfully been held to account for his actions.”
If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247.
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