Sep 3 2012 By David Baker
A VIOLENT teenager who stabbed his robbery victim three times before breaking the knife in half in anger has been sentenced to seven and a half years in jail.
Herve Mpanzu of Butler Avenue, West Harrow, attacked the 26-year-old-man from behind and held a knife to his throat as he walked home along Torrington Drive, South Harrow, late after work on Monday, December 19, last year.
Following a struggle the victim was stabbed in the leg, buttock and back after he refused to hand over his property.
During the fight 19-year-old Mpanzu dropped his own mobile phone, and in his anger, broke the knife in half before running off with the victim’s rucksack.
Officers attended the scene and conducted a search of the area with the help of officers from the dog section.
The handle of the knife was recovered and sent off for forensic analysis and Mpanzu was identified by blood which had been found on the knife handle.
He was arrested at his address at the time, the YMCA in Roxeth Hill, where CCTV footage showed him returning home with blood stained clothes.
Staff at the hostel also logged that Mpanzu required first aid during the course of the night.
He was arrested and charged with robbery, unlawful wounding and possession of an offensive weapon - all of which he denied in police interview and later at a plea hearing at court.
He was found guilty of all charges however, following a one day trial at Harrow Crown Court on June 27, before returning to the same court for sentencing on Friday, last week.
Following his seven and a half year sentence PC Ali Khan of Harrow’s Crime Squad said: “This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent man who was unknown to Mpanzu and the severity of this sentence reflects the crime.
“This is an excellent result for the victim. This sentence also sends out a strong message to anyone who carries a knife or is thinking of carrying a weapon to use, that they will be caught and dealt with severely by the courts.”