A man who went on a knife rampage and tried to stab a woman in Battersea last year has been jailed for nearly seven years.
Ibrahim Ajbeer, 30, of Preston in Lancashire, assaulted a woman in the street last autumn, ripping off her clothing and brandishing a knife over her, before trying to stab another woman.
His ‘chaotic’ knife spree began in a shop in Battersea Park Road on the evening of October 11, 2020.
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At around 9.47pm, Ajbeer seized a knife from behind the counter at the shop and used it to threaten the staff, who eventually managed to chase him away.
However, undeterred, a frenzied Ajbeer proceeded to find another nearby supermarket, where he brandished his knife as he stole a bottle of vodka.
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After leaving the shop, he “chased a woman passing by, pulled clothing off of her and held a knife over her as she lay on the ground.”
Luckily, brave members of the public intervened and were able to chase him away.
But once again, Ajbeer carried on – to Falcon Road, where he used the knife to shatter a car window then approached two women outside a pub on the road, threatening them before pinning one to the floor.
After this he tried to stab a woman, even while threatening another woman.
Several more heroic members of the public luckily intervened and were able to subdue Ajbeer, detaining him as they waited for police to arrive and arrest him.
Detective constable Emily Dawson, investigating officer at the Metropolitan Police, said: “This was a string of violent, unprovoked attacks in which Ajbeer inflicted fear and intimidation on those in the local community.
“He went out on the streets looking to cause harm to the public and I thank the members of the public who intervened and restrained Ajbeer.
“The consequences of his actions could have been far worse and it took extreme bravery to confront him.
“Ajbeer will now spend a considerable amount of time in prison.”
Ajbeer was sentenced to six years and ten months in jail at Kingston Crown Court on Monday.
His sentence was given after he pleaded guilty to six counts of making threats with a bladed article in a public place, criminal damage, burglary and theft.
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