Man jailed for five years following Leicester hospital stabbing

Issued on 24/8/18 at 4:05 p.m.

A 22-year-old who stabbed a man outside the Leicester Royal Infirmary and damaged hospital equipment earlier this year has been jailed.

Yusuf Aka, of Grovebury Walk in the city, pleaded guilty to Section 18 grievous bodily harm (GBH) wounding with intent, affray and possession of an offensive weapon when he appeared at a hearing in May.

Today (Friday 24 August), at Leicester Crown Court, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment for the charge of GBH. For the charges of affray and possession of an offensive weapon he was sentenced to 16 months in prison to be served concurrently.

On release from prison Aka will be subject to an additional five years on licence.

Shortly after 2am on Tuesday 16 January, Aka approached two men who were leaving the Accident and Emergency department of the hospital and lunged at one of the men, stabbing him in the back.

The victim, 25, and his friend fled and Aka was captured on CCTV running after them before turning back and entering the hospital still clutching the knife.

Once inside the busy reception area, he picked up computer monitors and threw them across the room.

DC Chris Symmonds, the investigating officer, said: “This was a terrifying experience not only for the victim who was stabbed, but also for the many members of the public and staff who were present that morning.

“Aka carried on his rampage oblivious to the panic breaking out behind him.

“The actions of members of staff who quickly took control of the situation, and led people out of his way without a thought for their own safety, was commendable, and they should be proud of what they accomplished.”

Kerry Johnston, Emergency Department Head of Nursing at Leicester’s Hospitals said: “We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of the staff, patients and visitors who use our services.

“This was a frightening experience for both patients and staff in the department that night, the impact of which cannot be underestimated.

“My thanks goes to the Emergency Department staff, involved in the incident, who showed exceptional bravery in bringing this serious attack to a swift and safe conclusion with the help of Leicestershire police and other members of the public.”

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