A brave police officer today spoke of his relief and determination to plough on with his recovery as the man who crushed him against a lamp-post with a car started a 12-year jail sentence.
Pc Pete McGinn was left with horrific injuries as he closed in on burglar Carl Anderson.
But today he said he was ‘unlucky’ on the day and said he was ‘satisfied’ with the findings of the case.
The officer, who has 11 years service under his belt, was at Birmingham Crown Court on crutches yesterday to see Anderson put behind bars.
Anderson, from Osbourne Close in Aston, was jailed for 12 years after admitting wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing.
And following the verdict, the 44-year-old officer said: “I’m relieved that the case has now been closed and I can move on in recovering. Overall, I’m just really satisfied with the investigations made by everybody and the findings of the case.
Watch the interview with Pc McGinn:
“It’s great to feel appreciated because not just myself, but all those in the police, that’s what our duty is – to protect people and property and obviously when you’re nearly killed it’s good that the judge reflects on what job you are doing.” Describing the attack as ‘horrendous’ Pc McGinn said “I really did think that was it.”
“Fortunately, due to my own actions, I just avoided full impact, otherwise I wouldn’t have been here. I’m on the road to recovery, but determined to get there,” he added.
Anderson, aged 50, was arrested on June 7 after he crushed Pc McGinn between a lamppost and the open door of his getaway car as the officer closed in on him.
Mobile phone footage of the incident, courtesy of Twitter's @BhamUpdates:
Pc McGinn suffered catastrophic injuries to his leg and pelvis and believed he would die at the scene. Fearing the worst he told colleagues who raced to provide first aid that they should tell his family that he loved them.
He underwent a six-hour operation to pin his shattered bones back together. Despite his injuries, Pc McGinn is determined to return to work as soon as possible and ultimately wants to return to the policing frontline.
He also thanked his wife, family, friends and colleagues for all the support they had given.