A KNIFE-wielding drug abuser has been jailed after intervention from the City Police force.
Michael McDaid struck an officer in the face trying to resist arrest having been spotted riding a stolen motorbike through the Square Mile.
He was wanted by Met Police in connection with a number of other crimes, and will spend a lengthy spell behind bars now that he has appeared before a judge.
Late last month the 20-year-old, of Marlowe Road, Waltham Forest, was sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty of offences including robbery, dangerous driving, and possession of an offensive weapon.
The court heard how McDaid was seen shortly before 1pm on 16 May riding a black 300cc Kawasaki motorbike southbound down Gracechurch Street towards London Bridge.
Two on-duty officers noticed that there were no keys in the ignition, and when they checked the vehicle’s number plate they discovered it had been stolen the previous
They approached McDaid and tried to detain him, leading to a struggle and one officer taking a blow to the face.
During the altercation, McDaid was also seen to throw away a lock-knife he had been carrying. His sentence was passed at Inner London Crown Court where he was ordered to serve six months for being in possession of a blade.
McDaid will serve a further month for possession of cannabis, and an additional four months for assaulting a constable, handling stolen goods, and driving without insurance while disqualified, concurrently.
Not forgetting his previous run-ins with the law, McDaid copped 66 months for the crimes he committed in Metropolitan Police jurisdiction, resulting in his stretch totalling six years.
PC Matt Clarke from the City of London Police crime squad said he was sure McDaid would have continued to be a burden on society had he not been apprehended.