Stab­bing at­tack off icer feared he would ‘not be go­ing home’

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Bill Caven

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer feared he would not be ‘go­ing home’ af­ter be­ing stabbed while on duty.

Con­sta­ble Ken­neth MacKen­zie and his col­league Laura Sayer were both in­jured dur­ing a knife at­tack in June.

They had been called to a house in Greenock, Ren­frew­shire, to as­sist a men­tal health nurse and an­other medic as they car­ried out an as­sess­ment on Wil­liam Tay­lor.

But Tay­lor stabbed PC MacKen­zie sev­eral times in the neck and body af­ter he tried to dis­arm him.

He then man­aged to cor­ner PC Sayer and stabbed her in the neck and arm, be­fore turn­ing again on PC MacKen­zie, who was go­ing to her aid. The courage shown by the two of­fi­cers was re­vealed at a brav­ery awards cer­e­mony held by the Scot­tish Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion last week. PC MacKen­zie told STV how Tay­lor, who had been told he was be­ing sec­tioned un­der the Men­tal Health Act, was ‘fran­ti­cally stab­bing at me and I re­mem­ber the thought go­ing through my head was, “I’m not go­ing home tonight”.

‘I was on my back on the work­top and he was fran­ti­cally stab­bing at my body ar­mour, at my neck, at my head.

‘I couldn’t get any equip­ment out at that time to de­fend my­self. I was us­ing my hands to push the knife away and my hands were all cut from the knife. It was fear, panic, dread.’

PC Sayer, who had started with Po­lice Scot­land 12 weeks be­fore the at­tack on June 1, said: ‘He man­aged to back me up against a wall and was stab­bing at my chest.

‘It’s been ex­tremely tough... but we’re both still here, and the men­tal health nurse and the doc­tor are still alive.’

SUR­VIVOR: Ken­neth MacKen­zie

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