Man jailed after stabbing woman 10 times at her Camden flat after she asked him to leave

James Legg stabbed his victim 10 times (Metropolitan Police)
James Legg stabbed his victim 10 times (Metropolitan Police)

A man who stabbed a woman 10 times when she asked him to leave her north London flat has been jailed for 23 years.

James Legg, 31, of Arlington Road, Primrose Hill, carried out the “sustained and violent” assault on November 15, 2021, after spending the day with his victim.

Police were called the woman’s home in Gilden Crescent, Camden Town, by her flatmate at roughly 1.20am.

Officers arrived at the flat to find the victim, in her 20s, had been stabbed multiple times.

She reported that the suspect, 31-year-old James Legg, whom she knew, had attacked her at her home.

Police say they had spent the day together, but she had asked him to leave as he had been taking drugs and drinking alcohol, and she was “concerned about his behaviour”.

After putting his coat on, Legg returned to the woman’s room armed with a knife and began attacking her. Medics later found she had 10 stab wounds.

Police say she only managed to avoid receiving more because she managed to grab hold of the knife.

It was only when Legg went to the kitchen to get another that the woman managed to barricade herself in the bathroom.

“Despite a sustained attempt to get in, Legg left the flat before police arrived but he was quickly tracked down and arrested,” said Scotland Yard in a statement.

“During police interview, he did not provide any reason for the attack and answered no comment to all questions put to him.”

Legg appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, where he was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

He previously appeared at the same court, when he was convicted of attempted murder following a trial that ended on February 6.

His victim has been supported throughout the investigation by specially trained Met officers.

PC Andrew Fisher, who led the investigation, said: “This was a horrific incident which left the woman with significant stab injuries.

“From the outset we made sure that she was at the heart of our investigation; supporting her where we could and ensuring we could build the best case to get a conviction.

“I am glad that we’ve achieved this and a dangerous man is behind bars.

“Tackling violence against women and girls is a key priority for the Met and I hope convictions such as these, while highlighting the terrible violence some women suffer, demonstrates how determined we are as a police force to hold those responsible to account.”

Legg received an extended sentence of 28 years, comprising of 23 years in prison and a further five years on licence.