Issued on 9/3/18 at 2:55 p.m.
A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment after he stabbed a woman several times when she tried to stop him making threats to her friend.
Lewis Brown, of Pelham Road, Nottingham, had been at a flat in Coriander Road, Leicester, with others when following a dispute he held a knife up to the throat of a man who was also at the property.
When the woman tried to intervene, Brown grabbed her pushing her onto a sofa where he attacked her with the knife leaving her with stab wounds to her thigh, arm and waist.
Brown, who also took the woman’s car following the incident on 29 March and later assaulted a police officer, had pleaded guilty to GBH with intent, aggravated vehicle taking, assault and assault by beating.
He was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment for GBH with intent when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court. He was also sentenced to four and a half months for assault, four and a half months for assault by beating and 12 months for aggravated vehicle taking. He was sentenced to four months for a separate unrelated assault charge. The sentences will all be served concurrently.
The judge ordered that Brown, who was also disqualified from driving for six years, must serve at least two thirds of the sentence. He will also remain on licence for a further five years.
The court heard that after attacking the woman, Brown left the property before kicking the door in and making his way back into the flat where he made further threats. He then left the flat, taking the woman’s car which he crashed into a lamppost before leaving the scene.
An officer responding to the incident was assaulted while trying to detain Brown, who grabbed him by the throat as he was being arrested.
Detective Constable Michael Steer said: “Brown’s actions caused serious injuries to the woman in this case and afterwards he left the scene with no regards to her welfare. She was extremely lucky not to have sustained further injury or worse and I hope today’s sentence helps provide her with some kind of closure.
“Brown also assaulted two other people on the night of the incident including the police officer who detained him.
“The officer who was assaulted was aware Brown may have been in possession of a knife but did not let this stop him from putting the safety of others first by detaining him. Fortunately the officer wasn’t seriously injured but this case highlights the dangers our officers put themselves in every day in order to protect the communities they serve.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank both members of the public and colleagues who witnessed the incident and helped us with our investigation by providing pictures and statements which was vital evidence and led to Brown pleading guilty to the charges put against him.”