A van driver who repeatedly struck a police officer with a machete during a routine traffic stop has been found guilty of wounding with intent.
Muhammad Rodwan attacked PC Stuart Outten after he was pulled over in Leyton, east London, on 7 August.
The officer was badly injured and has yet to return to work.
Mr Rodwan, 56, of Luton, had claimed he was acting in self defence. He was convicted of wounding with intent but found not guilty of attempted murder.
Mr Outten suffered six blows to the head from a 2ft-long blade after stopping Mr Rodwan’s white van for having no insurance.
Mr Rodwan had claimed he had the machete in his van for his gardening work.
The jury was told the defendant had a conviction for rape in 1982.
And in 1997 at Snaresbrook Crown Court he was convicted of two offences of wounding with intent for an unprovoked machete attack on a tenant and his friend for which he was sentenced to nine years in prison.