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Pc killer withstood baton round

Jon Henry
Father-of-one Pc Jon Henry was called to respond to an incident in Luton

A policeman has told a court of the moment he fired a plastic baton round at a knifeman who killed his colleague, only to see it fail to knock him over.

Firearms officer Jamie Holmes told Luton Crown Court after the round failed, it took two attempts with a taser gun to knock the man over.

Ikechukwu Tennyson Obih, 29, of Winsdon Road, Luton, denies murdering Pc Jon Henry, 36, on 11 June 2007.

He admits killing him on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Mr Obih also denies the attempted murder of window cleaners Stephen Chamberlain and David Knight in Luton town centre on 11 June 2007.

Pc Holmes told the court he followed his training and fired the plastic baton round at the belt buckle area of Mr Obih.

Stabbed twice

He said: "It was a direct hit.

"It caused him to buckle slightly to the right."

But he said despite the impact Mr Obih remained on his feet.

The trial has heard that Mr Obih had a history of mental health problems.

At the start of the trial, the jury heard his mental and physical health had been affected by cannabis and alcohol.

Pc Henry was one of a number of officers who responded to an emergency call following the stabbing of Mr Chamberlain in George Street.

Ikechukwu Tennyson Obih
Obih had a "distorted perception of reality", prosecutors say

Despite the fact that Pc Henry was wearing a stab proof vest, the jury have been told he received two stab wounds as he and other officers tried to tackle Mr Obih, who is known as Tennyson.

Pc Holmes said that when the baton round failed to knock Mr Obih over, one of his colleagues fired a taser gun at him.

It should have discharged a 50,000 volt shock, but failed to work properly.

Pc Holmes said he then used his own taser gun, which delivered the charge and caused Mr Obih to fall to the ground.

The court heard the officer and his colleagues were then able to overpower Mr Obih.

Earlier, Pc Kaysie Conroy told how Pc Henry had moved in a semi-circle around Mr Obih so that he ended up behind him.

She said: "He turned and started walking in the direction of Pc Henry. We were telling Jon to get out of the way."

She said the officer began to move backwards but Mr Obih "quickened his pace" and raised his arm and stabbed Pc Henry.

Mr Obih faces separate charges of aggravated burglary and assault, which relate to an incident earlier that day.

The trial continues.

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