Lifer who shot dead policeman in 2003 given second life term for prison attack

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A convicted murderer who wounded a female prison officer in a 10-second “frenzied” attack while serving a life sentence for shooting a policeman in 2003 has been given a further life sentence.

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Former US Marine and bodybuilder David Bieber served life imprisonment for the murder of PC Ian Broadhurst and the attempted murder of two of his colleagues with a potentially “deadly” homemade iron bar for stabbing Alison Smith repeatedly in 2017 used.

PC Broadhurst was shot at close range in Leeds on Boxing Day 2003, when he and other officers were investigating a suspected stolen car.

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A week-long trial at Worcester Crown Court earlier this year said only good luck had seen Ms Smith avoid life-changing injury or even death as she crashed into HMP Long Lartin used one hand to protect his head in Evesham, near Worcestershire.

He was cleared of the attempted murder of a prison officer, but in June 2022 he was convicted at trial of wounding with intent and possession of an unauthorized weapon.

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During the trial, Bieber, 56, claimed the attack at Long Lartin on 10 August 2017 was aimed at winning a transfer back to HMP Belmarsh in London, and that HMP Long Lartin had cut off his painkillers.

He appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday, where the sentencing judge handed him a fine for “unprovoked” assault, which means he will not be eligible for release until he is in his 80s .

Jailing Bieber, who appeared via video-link from HMP Wakefield, West Yorkshire, with a minimum six-year sentence for life, Judge Nicholas Cartwright told him it was “a completely innocent prison officer being charged with a weapon”. It was a well-planned attack”.

The sentence was handed down after the judge labeled Bieber a dangerous criminal, already serving a life sentence for murder, and had read a recent probation report that concluded he was a threat to prison officers. was at “very high risk of harm” and – if ever released – the public.

He added that Bieber, who had said the attack was to be transferred to another prison where access to painkillers could prove easier, chose his moment to “launch an unprovoked attack from behind”.

He grabbed Ms Smith around the neck with one arm, and “launched a frenzied attack, punching her in the face with the hand of the weapon, and repeatedly tried to strike her in the face”.

The judge said, “During the attack, you said you would kill him – after the attack you said you just wanted your drugs.”

“[It]was a premeditated assault, with a weapon, on a completely innocent prison officer, carried out simply because you hoped to obtain a transfer (to another prison) through your actions.”

“Your victim was clearly vulnerable,” he said.

“She was behind you and several other prisoners in a closed corridor.

“She was aloof and much younger than you – you are a tall and well-built man.

“She suffered a permanent psycho-medical condition as a result of the assault, which has had a substantial and long-lasting impact on her day-to-day activities and ability to work.”

The judge told him: “A life sentence must follow.”

Fixing the minimum term, Judge Cartwright told him: “That sentence shall commence and run on the date on which your present minimum term is to expire – that is January 1, 2041.

“The effect is that your total minimum term will increase from 37 to 43 years.”

The prisoner reacts to the news that he will not be eligible for release until 2047 by putting his head back against the wall and pushing his glasses further back on his head.

Bieber, who had a “credible role” as a cleaner at the time of the attack, denied the charge of attempted murder, the alternative charge of wounding and the weapon-related charge.

The court heard that other officers quickly came to her aid after Ms Smith shouted, restraining Bieber and disarming him.

She was later treated in hospital for cuts on her mouth and chin, and four lacerations to her right hand.

Ms Smith told a previous hearing the attack was “life-changing” and left her with persistent pain.

The former kickboxer was hunted by US police for eight years before PC Broadhurst was shot dead.

The bodybuilding fanatic is also accused of paying a hitman to kill a love rival in Florida in 1995, and faces extradition if it is deemed safe to be paroled in the UK.

Lifer who shot dead policeman in 2003 given second life term for prison attack

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