Man jailed for 16 years after stabbing woman and leaving her for dead in Wembley street

Itesh Ira has been jailed for 16 years (Met Police)
Itesh Ira has been jailed for 16 years (Met Police)

A man has been jailed for 16 years after repeatedly stabbing a woman and leaving her for dead during a brutal attack in Wembley.

Itesh Ira, 35, of Belmont Avenue, Wembley, was sentenced last week having previously pleaded guilty to attempted murder and possession of a knife.

The Old Bailey heard that he launched into the attack in the middle of a street which left the victim with stab wounds to her face, neck and body.

After responding to the attack on September 30 2022, emergency services found the victim lying on the pavement barely conscious. A knife had snapped in half due to the force of use.

CCTV footage showed Ira stamped on her head while she lay on the floor and the injuries could have been worse had a member of the public not bravely stepped in.

Ira handed himself in at Wembley Police Station and was arrested.

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.

Detective sergeant Mitesh Mulji 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.”

DS Mulji added: “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 the 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.”