A police officer left a farewell message on his bodycam for his wife and child after he was beaten so badly in an attack that he thought he would die.
The Met Police constable has since recovered from the attack, but with four metal plates left on his face.
He was attacked while responding to a domestic incident in Bromley on 10 February.
Alan Keeble, 40, was being arrested on the spot for threatening to kill, but he turned aggressive and punched the officer repeatedly in the face, back and head. Another officer trying to help also suffered a head injury.
Thinking he was about to die, the officer activated his body camera to record a message to his wife and child.
The London Ambulance Service gave the officer first aid at the scene before being taken to Princes Royal University Hospital in Orpington for treatment.
Keeble was sentenced Monday at Croydon Crown Court to seven years in prison and placed on an extended license as a judge deemed it necessary to protect the public. They were also sentenced to three months for moving in together for assaulting another officer.
At an earlier hearing, Keeble pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Detective Sergeant Danielle Power welcomed Keeble’s sentence, and said it emphasized Force’s zero-tolerance policy for abuse of officers.
“Police officers never know what they will face when they are involved in an incident during their shift,” she said.
“These officers have shown incredible bravery on the front lines. The impact of always being in danger and helping the public cannot be underestimated.
“In this case, Keeble attacked and viciously attacked the officers only to do their job. The swift action of colleagues kept the situation from getting worse.
He said: “What this officer has had to go through is disgusting. He is left with a lasting memory of the attack with metal plates on his face. “
“This sentence shows that we do not tolerate any kind of misbehavior with our officers and the perpetrators will be dealt with. Violence has consequences and I am glad that Keeble has been justified for his actions.
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