Orpington stabber from Beckenham jailed

William James

William James


A 20-year-old man has been jailed for nine years for stabbing two strangers in random attacks within five minutes of each other.

William James, 20, of Beckenham Road, Beckenham was caged at Croydon Crown Court on January 14 after pleading guilty to two counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The court heard how on June 12 James approached a 16-year-old youth outside McDonalds in Orpington High Street, pulled out a knife and waived it in his face.

He slashed the victim, cutting his left eye and nose, before walking off across the road.

Five minutes later James approached a 19-year-old man outside Tescos and struck him in the face before stabbing him in the back.

The victim was taken to the Princess Royal in Farnborough with cuts to his face - which required stitches - and a knife wound in his lower back.

He was discharged the following day. Witnesses and CCTV identified James as the culprit.

James was arrested in the early hours of June 17 at a flat in Crofton Road, Orpington.

He was charged the same day and first appeared at Bromley magistrate’s court on June 18 2010, before the case was committed to Croydon Crown Court for trial.

James was handed a nine-year extended prison sentence for public protection for the wounding offences. He was also given a concurrent four months after pleading guilty to assault and battery.

He had previously been jailed for 18 months at a young offenders institution after pleading guilty to four counts of assault, two counts of theft and one count each of battery, affray, robbery and criminal damage.

He had been released from Aylesbury young offenders institution on April 30.

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