A man has been sentenced to eight years in jail following a stabbing in Wembley last year.
Amari Reid, 30 (13.07.88) of no fixed abode was found guilty at Harrow Crown Court and sentenced to eight years for GBH and a further nine months for possessing a pointed bladed article in a public place, to run concurrently. He had pleaded not guilty from the beginning of the trial.
The incident in question occurred on 20 June, 2018, in Hirst Crescent, North Wembley, in a suspected gang-related attack by Reid. He was seen chasing the victim across the road and into a car park at 19:48hrs with families and young children nearby, before slashing his arm with a knife and leaving the area.
The victim attended hospital with a six centimetre wound that was deep enough to show bone and required surgery, but was unwilling to provide an account to police or prosecute Reid for the attack.
Local officers of the Preston Safer Neighbourhood Team were able to identify Reid within 12 hours of the incident after reviewing CCTV footage of the area. A warrant was issued and his address was searched. A bag was found, matching that which officers noticed in the CCTV.
Reid subsequently handed himself in to the police following pressure after the search, where he was then charged with both offences.
Detective Sergeant Scott Montaut, who led the investigation, said: “Despite victims being reluctant to pursue allegations this does not mean we will let violent individuals walk away.
“This sentence shows that if you are willing to commit such violent acts, we will go to whatever lengths we can to ensure you are bought to justice.”
Inspector Toby Walton of the North West Command Unit, said: “This sentence represents the resolve of the MPS, the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts to address knife crime within the capital in a robust way.
“I am delighted that this dangerous individual is off the streets where he can no longer harm members of the Wembley community. I would like to extend my thanks to the local community, who came out in strength to denounce this offence which happened in a residential estate.
“I would also like to commend the actions of the local Preston Safer Neighbourhood Team, whose diligent investigation led to their community being protected from further harm.”