Forest Gate man jailed for Embassy stab attack

A Forest Gate man has been jailed for nine months after he stabbed an officer from the Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG) at the Libyan Embassy in south west London.

Mohamed Ghnour, 39 described as an auctioneer, of Romford Road, became agitated as embassy staff attempted to usher him outside the building in Ennismore Gardens on June 13.


When two officers from the DPG, who were on duty at the consulate at the time, stepped in to help, Ghnour took a pair of scissors from his bag and started to wave it aggressively.

An officer fired CS spray, but Ghnour lunged at them and stabbed one police officer on his left arm. More officers attended the scene and restrained Ghnour using a taser stun gun.

The injured officer was taken to hospital where he received several stitches.

Ghnour pleaded guilty to assault when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court on July 12 and was remanded in custody, and he was sentenced last week.

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A charge of possession of an offensive weapon for which he pleaded not guilty will lie on file.

In what he described as a “shocking incident” Supt Bernie Verrier, of the DPG, praised officers for their professionalism when confronted with such an “unpredictable and aggressive individual”.

“Their prompt actions in successfully restraining and detaining this man show the commitment that police officers display every day in their duty of protecting the public,” he added.