A 29-year-old man has been jailed after he was found guilty of stabbing a man in the neck.
Owen O’Driscoll was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court today (Wednesday, December 8) for a “random attack” on a man in his 20s.
During the sentencing, the court heard that the victim had walked towards an off-licence at around 8.40pm in Erconwald Street, W12, on June 25, 2020, where O’Driscoll was inside queuing.
Upon seeing the victim, O’Driscoll went outside and produced a knife, before stabbing the young man in the neck.
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He fled the scene after an altercation occurred with the victim’s friends, and took shelter in a nearby house.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police subsequently arrested O’Driscoll, and despite him declining to answer questions about the incident, he was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon.
The victim was found by Met officers and the London Ambulance Services with life-threatening injuries.
He was rushed to hospital, where it was established that his attacker had damaged an artery in his neck.
After being found guilty earlier this year, O’Driscoll was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for attempted murder and will serve a further three years on licence.
Detective Constable Arrash Faghihi, who worked on the investigation, said: “O’Driscoll has never fully explained why he attacked the victim with such ferocity but there can be no doubt that this was a shocking, violent assault that could have had fatal consequences.
“The Judge quite rightly paid tribute to members of the public who intervened to help the victim and their quick actions ultimately may have saved his life.”