A robber who ran over a police officer and sent him flying through the air on purpose has been sent to jail for seven years.
Curtis Naulty, a 36-year-old from Manor Road, Norwood Junction, was found guilty at Inner London Crown Court of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, two counts of burglary and three counts of handling stolen goods.
An accomplice, Aaron Rose, was sentenced to three and a half years’ imprisonment.
The incident occurred when Naulty was driving a Land Rover in Village Way, SE21, but was stopped by police.
When the officer stood by the driver’s door and took hold of the wheel to prevent Rose driving off, Rose reversed and the officer was hit by the open door.
“The officer was swept off his feet by the door and thrown a distance at speed, before being crashed into a parked car, where he flew up [in] the air and landed on the floor,” a police statement said.
“His colleague from the police car and members of the public rushed to his aid. London Ambulance Service arrived shortly afterwards and took the injured officer to a hospital in central London.”
And DC Claire Spiteri added: “These prolific burglars showed no regard for the safety of our police officers or the general public.
“The officer received serious injuries through Naulty’s actions and may never be able to resume to full duty. He is still suffering long-term consequences from the events of 14 April. He was very lucky not to have been killed.
“We are very pleased with the jury’s decision to convict Naulty and Rose and the sentences handed out so they can pay the price for their crimes.”