September 28, 2021

A senior officer is speaking after John Dow was convicted of the Kot Bridge attack.

A senior police officer has reprimanded a thug who made a “vicious and lengthy” attack on a police officer.

John Dow was jailed yesterday for anesthetizing PC Paul Guan, and his comrades were released for fear that he might be killed.

Now Area Commander Chief Inspector Jim Gillespie has spoken out about the attack on one of his officers.

He said: “John Dow launched a vicious and long attack on someone who was just trying to do his job.

“The safety of our officers is paramount and we welcome today’s sentencing.

“The nature of the job often means that police officers and staff protect the people and communities we serve by exposing themselves to unstable and dangerous situations.

“Attacking or abusing anyone is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“The impact of these incidents on our officers and their colleagues is enormous, and our Chief Constable has made sure that they receive the right assistance in the event of an attack on your safety.”

Dow was sentenced to six years in prison on July 26 last year for a large-scale early-morning attack in Cote d’Ivoire, North Lanarkshire.

The 36-year-old man strangled the constable for more than a minute after trying to arrest him.

CCTV footage captured other officers struggling to get Dow out of the affected PC Guan.

A judge was told that the officer had suffered “significant trauma” as a result of his trial.

Dow was to go to trial for attempted murder of PC Guan.

He instead confessed to the constable that he had been severely injured and that his life was in danger.

At the last hearing, the court heard that PC Guan – who has 11 years of service – ended up with a broken nose, bad teeth, injuries, scratches and swelling.

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