Former US Marine David Bieber, who is serving life for the murder of PC Ian Broadhurst, carried out the attack on HMP Long Lartin
A notorious cop killer was convicted on Wednesday for a brutal attack on a prison guard at a maximum security prison.
Former US Marine David Bieber, who is serving life for the murder of PC Ian Broadhurst, carried out the attack on HMP Long Lartin.
The 58-year-old attacked Alison Smith in Worcestershire’s Category A prison in 2017 with a homemade metal pole.
He was acquitted of attempted murder but found guilty of willful injury and possession of an unauthorized assault weapon.
Bieber is serving a minimum sentence of 37 years for the murder of West Yorkshire Pc Broadhurst that shocked the nation.
The bodybuilder was a fugitive wanted in Florida for an alleged killer-for-hire murder when he carried out the murder.
PC Broadhurst, 34, and a colleague stopped Bieber’s BMW on Boxing Day 2003 because it was showing false license plates.
The pair called for reinforcements and questioned the American before he suddenly pulled a 9mm cannon from his pocket and opened fire.
PC Broadhurst was fatally shot in the head and two other officers were hit by the gunfire.
Bieber, a drug dealer and steroid-addicted thug, was convicted of murder and two counts of attempted murder.
He was handed a lifetime tariff in 2004, but this was reduced to 37 years by the Court of Appeal in 2008.
Bieber faces extradition to the United States for other offenses if he is ever found safe to be released.
He claimed the attack on Ms Smith was “staged” to reverse cuts to his medication and move to HMP Belmarsh.
Bieber, also known as Nathan Coleman, attended his trial via video link from HMP Wakefield.
At the time of Ms Smith’s attack, he was in a “trusted role” as a cleaner at HMP Long Lartin.
The prison officer suffered wounds to her face and right arm and spent several days in the hospital recovering.
In a victim impact statement, she described the attack as “life-changing.”
and said she “really believes” she was going to die.
Bieber described himself as a “trained killer” who could “kill her ten times over” if he wanted to.
He said: “I’ve been professionally trained to kill, I’m an ex-Marine and I know how to kill quickly and silently.
“If I wanted to, I could have killed with my bare hands, I know how to break someone’s neck.”
The jury was not informed of his criminal past during the trial at Worcester Crown Court.
He was absent from the case last week after being taken to a Leeds hospital by an armed police station.
Bieber will be sentenced in September.
The trial was delayed eight times after Bieber repeatedly fired his attorneys.
In her victim statement, Ms Smith said Bieber “attempted every opportunity to sabotage the process.”
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