Man, 40, admits stabbing off-duty cop 10 times on doorstep of his own home in Essex

Man, 40, admits stabbing off-duty cop 10 times on doorstep of his own home in Essex

A CRAZED knifeman has admitted stabbing an off-duty cop ten times in front of his wife and two kids at his home.

John McCartney, 40, launched into the "frenzied and targeted" attack when the officer, who can't be named, opened his door in Rayleigh, Essex.

The 45-year-old was rushed to hospital with severe chest wounds and his bowel exposed after the horror in April last year.

McCartney is now facing jail after pleading guilty to attempted murder and possession of a knife via videolink from a psychiatric facility at Basildon Crown Court.

The court heard previously how the thug is believed to have known the Essex Police officer from attending the same school and was "obsessed" with him.

He had been living in China but returned to the UK three weeks before carrying out the attack.


On April 24, McCartney made his way to the police officer's home and began hacking at him with a knife.

Prosecutor Lesley Chipps said previously: "At 9.15pm there was knocking at the front door of the property.

"At first they ignored it. The man went out of side door and could see Mr McCartney there.

"A young child looked out of the window and Mr McCartney waved and smiled at him."

The officer suffered six stab wounds to the centre of his chest, lacerations to his chest, arm and abdomen – exposing his bowel – a half-inch wound to the upper arm and wounds to the feet.

He was taken to hospital for treatment but thankfully his injuries were not deemed serious or life-threatening.

The officer is now recovering at home, Essex Police confirmed.

Following the incident, Essex Police Chief Constable BJ Harrington said: "Our focus has been his welfare and the welfare of his family, as well as the ongoing live investigation, and that will continue.

"Our officer is in a stable condition in hospital and we are hopeful will make a full recovery."

McCartney, of Rayleigh, Essex, will be sentenced on March 6.

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