A knife-wielding rollerskater was tasered by police officers after stabbing three people and being hit by a van, a court has heard.
Benjamin Bridgeman, 38, is currently on trial at Bristol Crown Court facing charges of attempted murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, attempted wounding with intent and having an offensive weapon. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Today the court was presented with shocking footage of him being detained on February 25.
In the video, filmed on CCTV and body worn cameras, Bridgeman can be seen trying to skate away from police officers before they taser him to the floor. At one point, a knife is clearly visible on the ground by the officers’ legs.
A series of other clips played to the court also showed him skating around Knowle, Bristol, wearing bright pink knee pads and retrieving a knife from his coat on several occasions.
Bridgeman is accused of stabbing one man in the back and slashing another in the head. A third person was knifed when members of the public tried to intervene, the court heard.
In the footage, Bridgeman is also knocked over by a vehicle at one point, but soon gets up and appears to start skating after people.
The court is trying to establish his state of mind and a verdict of ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’ is available.
Richard Posner, prosecuting, told the court that Bridgeman was employed and of good character at the time of the incident but had suffered a psychotic breakdown.
He added that the jury will have to decide if the he was ‘insane when he did what he did’ – as experts have agreed he was suffering from a ‘disease of the mind’.
The trial continues.
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