A man who tried to murder a police sergeant and attempted to stab another set fire to his house knowing there were people inside, a jury has found.
Mohammed Ibrahim plunged a knife into a sergeant's stomach and tried to stab another in the groin during a standoff in a bedsit. He also set a fire in his room which quickly took hold and it was only the swift intervention of the fire service which stopped it spreading.
Psychiatric reports have now been ordered into the 34-year-old.
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The defendant has previously been found to be unfit to enter pleas or stand trial so a jury at Swansea Crown Court was asked to decide whether he committed the acts alleged rather than his guilt or innocence in what is known as a "trial of issue".
The trial revolved around the events of the early hours of the morning of April 23 last year at a house of multiple occupancy off St Vincent Road in Newport. Officers had been called to the property by residents because of the disruptive behaviour of one of their number, Ibrahim, who had been hammering on a room door and shouting and swearing.
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The defendant tried to murder Gwent Police sergeant Carl Blanks by stabbing him in the abdomen with a kitchen knife as the officer entered him room. The officer suffered a deep gash to his abdomen and was left with part of his intestines hanging out of the wound. He lost a large amount of blood and it was only the swift action of colleagues at the scene and then an emergency operation in hospital which saved his life.
Ibrahim then tried to stab another officer, sergeant Leighton Healan, in the groin after he had rushed to the address following reports that his college had been injured.
On Friday the jury found the defendant also set a fire in this room with the intention of endangering lives in the terraced property. The trial heard that at one stage a police officer, PC Ryan Morton, had been trapped in one of the rooms of the house by the heat and smoke. A number of Ibrahim's fellow residents were also in the house at the time as were police officers.
Sentencing was adjourned to November 12 for the preparation of psychiatric reports.
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