Dad stabbed police officer in the face after screaming 'get out of my house'

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A dad stabbed a police officer in the face after demanding 'get out of my f***ing house'. Tariq Zeb responded furiously when two constables attended his home in Sparkhill following a report of a domestic incident.

Body worn camera footage captured the frantic encounter which left one of the officers fearing he and his colleague were going to be killed. Zeb, aged 53, managed to resist Pava spray as he attacked them with the knife. He was ultimately Tasered.

He was sentenced to five years and five months at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, June 24 after admitting wounding with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Judge Andrew Smith KC concluded it was a matter of luck that the officer who was stabbed did not sustain a more serious outcome and said: "This was a ferocious and sustained attack without any justification."

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Police were called to a report of a domestic incident at Zeb's address in Yardley Wood Road shortly before 4pm on November 19 last year. PC Tim Smithson went to speak to Zeb's wife and daughter in the living room while PC Kevin Wood went to talk to the defendant in the kitchen.

Prosecutor Tom Kenning said Zeb complained his wife should not be left alone with a single male officer for 'cultural reasons' but he was assured she would be treated with 'respect'. He said: "PC Wood left the kitchen to talk to his colleague.

"Mr Zeb followed him and PC Wood asked to wait in the kitchen. The defendant seemed compliant. However after just a few steps he grabbed a large knife from the sink and turned around.

"He was screaming 'get out of my f***ing house'. He lunged at the officers with the knife, stabbing at them. PC Wood was knocked to the ground. The defendant punched him repeatedly to the face while trying to stab him with the knife.

"PC Smithson intervened and used Pava spray to no effect. PC Wood tried to use his Taser but was too close. The defendant was constantly shouting and screaming and struggling."

He continued: "PC Smithson pressed the emergency button while the defendant was trying to stab him. He ended up on the floor, on his back and felt pain and hot liquid all over his face then realised he had been stabbed with the knife."

The body worn camera footage showed Zeb leave through the kitchen and re-emerge through the door at the other end of the living room. He ignored instructions to get on the floor and was Tasered.

As he was being driven to Perry Barr custody suite Zeb remarked to another constable 'I'm not proud of this I'm not that sort of person I will say sorry to the officers'. In a statement PC Smithson said he had been left thinking a lot of 'what ifs' about what happened and added: "I really believed this man was going to kill me and Kevin. I thought I was going to die when he came back in the room and thought to myself there is nothing I can do other than fight as hard as I could for mine and Kevin's life."

PC Wood described it as the worst incident he has attended in his 17 years in the job due to the 'level of aggression' from Zeb. The defendant is a father-of-six and previously worked as a software engineer for HM Revenue & Customs.

John O'Higgins, defending, said: "The marriage had its difficulties. What happened on that day was an emotional outburst and culmination of a period of frustration in the marriage."

He added that Zeb's wife had maintained contact with him while he was in custody but the couple would get divorced upon his release.