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Man who repeatedly stabbed woman in Wembley jailed

A man from Wembley has been sentenced to life imprisonment for trying to kill a woman.

Itesh Ira, 35, from Belmont Avenue, Wembley, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 16 years and 9 months at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 2 May.

He received this sentence for attempting to murder a woman by stabbing her multiple times in Wembley on 30 September 2022.

Ira, overwhelmed by the strong evidence gathered by investigators, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and carrying a weapon on October 28, 2022. However, he later tried unsuccessfully to withdraw his guilty pleas.

Detective Sergeant Mitesh Mulji, from North West Command’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Ira armed himself with a knife and lay in wait for the victim to finish work late at night before launching a senseless and horrendous act of violence in the middle of the street. It is clear from the sheer brutal and sustained force he used that his intention was to kill the victim.

“It is because of horrific incidents such as these that violence against women and girls remains a key priority for the Met Police. Our efforts to bring violent and dangerous perpetrators of domestic abuse to justice will not waiver as we continue to work closely alongside our partners.

“The strength and bravery of the victim in supporting this prosecution has been extraordinary. Unsurprisingly she remains seriously physically and psychologically scarred as a result of the incident, but I hope she is able to gain some sense of closure following this outcome, and knows that thanks to her courage Ira will be unable to harm any further women.

“I must also commend the actions of the courageous member of public who has deservedly been awarded with a Judge’s Commendation for his bravery in challenging Ira during the incident to stop an ongoing serious violent attack and saving the victim’s life”.

In the early hours of September 30, 2022, in Wembley, London, police were called to a scene where a woman was found on the street with severe stab wounds and barely conscious.

A broken, bloodstained knife was near her. CCTV showed the attacker, identified as Ira, brutally stabbing and stomping on the woman’s head until a witness intervened, making him flee.

Ira later turned himself in at a police station, showing injuries and bloodstains from the assault. The victim, who knew Ira, suffered serious injuries and needed a long hospital stay. Despite being uncooperative during questioning, Ira was charged with the attack.