The man responsible for the death of Thanet PC Jon Odell in 2000 has pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder in a drugs row
PC Odell was in Shottendane Road at a static traffic point when a speeding driver hit and killed him on December 19, 2000.
The 30-year-old, who had lived in Margate with his partner and her son, had pointed a radar gun at a Vauxhall Astra when the driver hit him.
He suffered head injuries and broken legs and arms and died in hospital four hours later from internal bleeding.
Wayne Rule pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years in prison. He was released in May 2006 and moved to Spalding.
Yesterday Rule, 46, admitted fatally stabbing Darren Kirk, 52,and attempting to kill another man following the row about drugs.
The violence began in the early hours of Monday 20 December 2021 and spread over two addresses.
Officers were alerted to a report that the man in his 40s had suffered stab wounds at a property in Bowditch Road, Spalding at 12.26am. On arrival, they found the victim with multiple injuries in a bedroom and administered first aid before he was taken to hospital.
He named Rule as his attacker.
Then, less than an hour later at 1.10am a second call came that a stabbing had taken place at Cygnet Court in Spalding. Officers immediately dispatched, and found Darren injured in the kitchen.
He was pronounced dead at 1.56am despite the best efforts of all those on scene.
Wayne Rule, also of Cygnet Court, was quickly identified as the suspect in that incident. Following several hours of negotiation by specialist officers at his address he was arrested by 7am that morning.
Yesterday (January 4) he pleaded guilty for the murder of Darren Kirk and the attempted murder of the man in his 40s.
The case was heard before High Court judge, His Honour Judge Hirst, sitting at Lincoln Crown Court.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy McWatt led the investigation. He said: “In December 2021 we were faced with a death and the attempted murder of two men which would have been wholly avoidable without the use of knives by Rule. He went to the addresses of both of these people and carried out his attacks.
“This has been a long investigation and something which has been further drawn out for the victims’ families due to Rule’s refusal to accept responsibility. We are very pleased that today he has now admitted the charges of murder and attempted murder and will be sentenced by the courts later this month.”
He will be sentenced on 16 January.