Brave police officers who tried to save Horsham murder victim get awards

Five police officers who battled to save the life of murder victim Anthony Williams have been awarded top national honours.

Monday, 5th November 2018, 1:56 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th November 2018, 9:06 pm
Horsham murder victim Tony Williams, stabbed to death in Park Way flats, Horsham on September 19, 2017. Picture supplied by Sussex Police SUS-170923-110615001
Horsham murder victim Tony Williams, stabbed to death in Park Way flats, Horsham on September 19, 2017. Picture supplied by Sussex Police SUS-170923-110615001

Two men were jailed for a combined 29 years for his killing, click here to read more.

The violent murder of Mr Williams ‘shocked and horrified’ Horsham residents.

The officers answered a call to a stabbing at Burtons Court in Horsham in September last year and found the 37-year-old lying unconscious and covered in blood.

Horsham murder victim Tony Williams, stabbed to death in Park Way flats, Horsham on September 19, 2017. Picture supplied by Sussex Police SUS-170923-110615001

Despite their efforts he died at the scene but they did all they could to save him.

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A ‘potentially dangerous and very disturbing scene’

Announcing the awards for the officers, Andrew Chapman of the Royal Humane Society said: “This was potentially a dangerous and very disturbing scene.”

Bridge (left) was convicted of murder, while Onofeghare was convicted of manslaughter by majority verdict. Picture: Sussex Police

First to the flat were PC Ben Harman and Special Constable Rebecca Field who found Mr Williams.

PCs Alan, Anthony Oliver and Oliver Pullen then arrived.

Between them, though there was the risk of contamination from the man’s blood and it was not known whether the person who had carried out the stabbing was close by, they tried to stem the bleeding, pack the man’s wounds, and administer cardiac pulmonary resuscitation.

The stabbing happened in Burtons Court in Horsham

They kept their fight to save him for 45 minutes until paramedics pronounced he was dead.

Praise for the officers

Now the five officers have all been awarded Royal Humane Society Certificates of Commendation for their fight to save the man.

Anthony Williams was killed in September last year. Picture: Sussex Police

Royal Humane Society secretary, Andrew Chapman. speaking at the Society’s London headquarters as he announced the awards said: “There were used needles lying around and there was a risk of blood contamination to the officers because they couldn’t fail to come into contact with the man’s blood.

“Also they didn’t know where the person who had carried out the stabbing as.

“This was potentially a dangerous and very disturbing scene.

“Police are all too frequently confronted with horrific scenarios but this was certainly an extremely bad one. The five officers did their best for the man.

“Sadly despite their efforts his life could not be saved but they all richly deserve the awards they are to receive after such an ordeal.”

The roots of the Royal Humane Society stretch back more than two centuries. The Queen is its patron and its president is Princess Alexandra.

Forensic officers examined the scene

It is the premier national body for honouring bravery in the saving of human life.