A man who stabbed a woman before stealing her handbag has today (Tuesday, 12 July) been jailed for eight years at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Abdul Kalam, aged 41, of Westferry Road, E14 was sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty of robbery on Monday (11 July).
The court heard that on 26 September 2014 at 1:45am, the victim, a 26-year-old female, was walking through an alleyway between Ironmongers Place and Spindrift Avenue, E14.
Kalam approached the female, grabbed hold of her handbag and said: “You need to give me your bag.” She ignored him and held on to her bag. Kalam then pushed the female to the ground and dragged her along the street, before taking out a knife and stabbing her left wrist causing a deep laceration. He then picked-up the bag and ran off.
The London Ambulance Service attended the scene and the victim was taken to the Royal London Hospital with severe damage to the tendons and nerves in her hand. She has been discharged from hospital, but has not recovered full functionality in her hand.
Detectives in Tower Hamlets launched an investigation and Kalam was arrested on 3 October 2014 on suspicion of robbery.
He was charged on 24 November 2014 with robbery.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Abi Mallett said: “Kalam committed a cowardly and unprovoked attack which has had long term consequences for the victim.
“I would like to thank her for the courage she has displayed throughout this horrible assault, and the determination she showed in bringing this offender to justice. The lengthy sentence Kalam has received today is a just reflection of this.
“Violent robberies such as this are thankfully rare, but the public are undoubtedly safer now that this man is no longer walking the streets.”