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Life term for robber who shot Pc

Pc Katie Johnson
Pc Johnson was hit by 12 pellets in the top of her leg outside the Hospital Inn

A "ruthless and dangerous" robber who shot a police officer during a raid at a Lancashire pub has been jailed for life.

Wayne McDonald hit Pc Katie Johnson, 29, with 12 pellets when she disturbed the robbery at the Hospital Inn in Bamber Bridge on New Year's Eve 2007.

McDonald, 47, who was convicted of wounding with intent and robbery, was told he would serve at least 12 years.

Three other men were also jailed for planning and carrying out the robbery.

McDonald was convicted last month along with fellow robber David Tyrell, 39, and the raid planners Rudolf Mancini, 55, and Hospital Inn chef Peter Plaskowski, 29.

She (Pc Katie Johnson) was faced with a most terrible situation
Judge Anthony Russell QC

Pc Johnson had recently qualified as a dog handler and was among the first officers to arrive at the scene in Brindle Lane following an emergency call from the pub landlord.

Sentencing McDonald, who was cleared of attempted murder, Judge Anthony Russell QC said he accepted he did not intend to kill Miss Johnson.

But he added: "It would not have bothered you in the slightest if you had maimed her."

"I regard it as the actions of a ruthless and dangerous criminal.

"Pc Johnson continues to suffer pain and will do so for the rest of her life."

McDonald must serve a minimum of 12 years in prison before being considered for parole.

Tyrell was given a indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP) and will serve at least seven-and-a-half years in prison before being eligible for parole.

Wayen McDonald (left) and David Tyrell
McDonald was convicted of robbery and Tyrell admitted the charge

He was also cleared of attempted murder but convicted of wounding on the grounds of joint enterprise.

He admitted stealing £12,308 from the pub and possession of a handgun.

Mancini and Plaskowski, who were convicted of robbery, were jailed for eight years and three years respectively.

The court heard on the day of the robbery McDonald and Tyrell walked into the pub through the open back door.

The masked pair threatened to shoot two female cleaners and the couple who ran the pub.

McDonald, formally of Crossway, Didsbury, Manchester, then opened fire on Miss Johnson without warning as she approached with her police dog, Chaos.

Pc Johnson told the jury how she thought "my career was over, my life was over".

Peter Plaskowksi (left) and Rudolph Mancini
Peter Plaskowski and Rudolph Mancini were the raid planners

After the shooting McDonald handed himself in just under an hour later and was said to have told the arresting officer: "I have just shot one of your women."

Tyrell, of Lions Drive, Swinton, Greater Manchester, tried to avoid detection by hiding in a hole at a timber yard for more than 12 hours.

Judge Russell praised the policewoman, saying: "She was faced with a most terrible situation with which she coped with admirable courage.

"It is clear that she loves her work and she loved working with her dog.

"She showed great bravery on the day of the robbery."

Miss Johnson, who took months to recover after being shot in her left thigh, has since returned to work at Lancashire Police.

McDonald had previous convictions dating back to 1976 and was last jailed in in 1990 for possessing a sawn-off-shotgun.



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