Man found guilty after attacking people with samurai sword in Crawley

A man has been convicted of attempted murder with a samurai sword after attacking two people from the public.

Ali Bhatti, 33, was found guilty on August 30 at Hove Crown Court of attempted murder in one case, aggravated assault with intent and possession of a bladed object in a public place.

Police visited Horsham Road, Crawley, around 8pm on October 22 last year after Bhatti called that he was going out with a samurai sword and committing a crime.

He had admitted to using crack cocaine and said he thought someone was trying to kill him.

While still on the phone with police, Bhatti left his home and rode a motorbike to the Broadfield roundabout, where he fell.

Then he walked through the traffic down Horsham Road, waving the samurai sword in the air.

A member of the public who recognized Bhatti asked him if he was okay. Bhatti then stabbed the 38-year-old man with his sword, seriously injuring his chest and forearm.

Bhatti continued the attack and lashed out at a second man, 61, who was walking along the footpath nearby, causing a major injury to his shoulder.

PC Oakley and Sgt. Arrol-Barker were the first officers on the scene. She bhatti and tasered him several times before it took effect and he fell to the ground.

Officers then handcuffed him, confiscated the gun and sought medical treatment for the two victims.

Bhatti, unemployed, of Henderson Road in Crawley, was taken into custody and later charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a bladed object in a public place.

He was found guilty by a jury on Tuesday and will be sentenced on Friday, September 2nd.

The Argus: PC Ryan Oakley and Sergeant James Arrol-Barker have been named the 2022 South East Police Federation Bravery Awards Regional WinnersPC Ryan Oakley and Sergeant James Arrol-Barker have been named the 2022 South East Police Federation Bravery Awards Regional Winners

The two police officers who attacked him have now been named regional winners of the 2022 Southeast Police Association Awards for Valor for their actions.

Chief Superintendent Howard Hodges, Division Commander for West Sussex, said: “I am so proud of James and Ryan who have been rightly recognized for their courage and professionalism in responding to this dangerous and shocking incident.

“Your actions are in the best traditions of policing; Running into danger and putting themselves at risk to protect the general public.

“Policing is a challenging profession but it brings out the best in all of our employees and this is an excellent example of which has been rightly recognized on this occasion.”

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