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A man who launched a brutal knife attack on a woman has been jailed after detectives complied overwhelming evidence against him

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A man who launched a brutal knife attack on a woman has been jailed after detectives complied overwhelming evidence against him

The efforts of dedicated public protection detectives have led to the conviction of a dangerous domestic abuser, who will be unable to cause further harm to women as he contemplates a lengthy jail sentence.

Itesh Ira, 35 (02.04.88) of Belmont Avenue, Wembley appeared at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 2 May where he was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum term of 16 years and 9 months [less time served] for trying to kill a woman who he repeatedly stabbed and left for dead during a horrific attack in Wembley on 30 September 2022.

Ira was left with no choice but to plead guilty to his awful crimes, given the overwhelming weight of evidence investigating officers had worked tirelessly to gather against him. On Friday, 28 October 2022 he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and possession of a pointed/bladed article however later made unsuccessful attempts to vacate his 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”.

During the early hours of Friday, 30 September 2022, police were called by several members of the public to Mount Pleasant, Wembley to reports that a woman had been repeatedly stabbed in the street. Police and colleagues from the London Ambulance Service attended and found the victim lying on the pavement barely conscious with multiple stab wounds to her face, neck and body. Officers also located a bloodstained knife nearby which had been snapped in half due to the excessive force used during the attack.

Officers conducted fast-time enquiries which led them to identify Ira as the suspect. The brutal attack had been captured on CCTV, which showed that following the frenzied stabbing, Ira repeatedly stamped on the victim’s head whilst she lay motionless on the floor. He only stopped when a brave witness who had heard the victim’s screams came out of his home address and challenged him – and he immediately fled the scene.

An immediate manhunt was launched which resulted in handing himself in at Wembley Police Station. Officers noted he had a fresh wound to his hand as well as traces of blood on his clothing.

The victim – who was known to Ira - was rushed to hospital where she remained for several weeks to receive treatment for her injuries. The medical report indicated that she had received eight lacerations which included facial, neck and body injuries, significant wounding to her head, as well as fractures to her right hand.

During police interview, Ira answered no comment to all questions put to him, and was subsequently charged as above.

+ If you are a victim of domestic abuse or are worried about someone else - for example a friend or loved one who needs any help or advice - please have the confidence to approach police or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you need urgent help and cannot talk, dial 999 and press 55 to let the operator know the call has not been made in error.




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