MAN GUILTY OF AT­TEMPTED MUR­DER

More than two years after a ter­ri­fy­ing at­tack on a Peter­bor­ough wo­man in her own home, a Not­ting­ham man has been jailed for nine years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Aman who cut and stabbed a wo­man with a knife in her own home - while a baby was sleep­ing in the next room - has been jailed for nine years, three years after car­ry­ing out the ter­ri­fy­ing at­tack.

At about 9am on May 12, 2014, Wil­liam Robin­son, 39, of Kilnbrook Av­enue, Not­ting­ham, was driven from his home to Green ham in Brett on, Peter­bor­ough, by the vic­tim’s part­ner.

The pair sep­a­rated be­fore a vi­cious at­tack was car­ried out on the vic­tim, a wo­man in her early 20s, while her part­ner and young child were in the next room.

Robin­son rang the door bell to the fla­tand, al­legedly think­ing he was a de­liv­ery man, the oc­cu­pants buzzed him in.

After mak­ing de­mands for money, the wo­man was at­tacked with a knife, caus­ing se­ri­ous lac­er­a­tions to both her arms, leav­ing her bleed­ing heav­ily on her bed.

Dur­ing the at­tack the vic­tim held her arms up, shield­ing her face, and as a re­sult suf­fered se­ri­ous stab and lac­er­a­tion wounds to both her arms and one of her shoul­ders.

The wo­man was taken to Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal (PCH) by her part­ner and un­der­went ex­ten­sive surgery, leav­ing her with more than 30 stitches in her left arm and 15 in her right.

A short while later a taxi picked up Robin­son and drove him tot he train sta­tion where he boarded a train back to Not­ting­ham.

Robin­son was locked up for nine years on Thurs­day.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Gra­ham McMil­lan, from the Bed­ford­shire, Cam­bridgeshire and Hert­ford­shire Ma­jor Crime Unit, who in­ves­ti­gated the hor­ri­fy­ing crime, wel­comed the sen­tence handed to Robin­son.

He said :“This was a vi­cious at­tack on an in­no­cent wo­man who was left with some hor­rific in­juries.

“This has been a very lengthy process, how­ever I hope that Thurs­day’s con­clu­sion to the case and know­ing Robin­son will spend a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time be­hind bars to pay for what he has done will bring some jus­tice for the vic­tim and her fam­ily.”

En­quiries by po­lice re­vealed the vic­tim’s part­ner’s mo­bile phone had been in reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion with an­other num­ber in the days lead­ing up to the of­fence.

This num­ber lead po­lice to Robin­son who was sub­se­quently ar­rested at his home ad­dress in Kilnbrook Av­enue, Arnold, Not­ting­ham, three days later on May 15.

Dur­ing a po­lice search of the area out­side the flats in Green­ham, a black-han­dled knife was re­cov­ered from a nearby drain.

A black Nike holdall, sim­i­lar to one seen with Robin­son in CCTV footage on the morn­ing of the of­fence, was found at Robin­son’s ad­dress withs pots of the vic­tim’s blood spat­tered on it, as well as a block of kitchen knives with one miss­ing, sim­i­lar to that of the one found dis­posed down the drain in Peter­bor­ough.

Robin­son’s co-de­fen­dant and part­ner of the vic­tim, San­dro Car­valho, 26, of Green­ham, Bret­ton, Peter­bor­ough, was also ar­rested in May 2014 after po­lice sus­pected he was be­hind the vi­o­lent at­tack on his part­ner.

The pair de­nied the charges and went to trial at Cam­bridge Crown Court in Novem­ber2014, how­ever Robin­son pleaded guilty to caus­ing GBH mid-trial, in front of the jury. He also ad­mit­ted to buy­ing a block of knives be­fore the at­tack.

The trial was ad­journed and a re-trial of Car­valho set for May 5, 2015, at In­ner Lon­don Crown Court.

Car val how as cleared of the charge after the jury found him not guilty of con­spir­acy to cause GBH on May 15, 2015.

The po­lice oper­a­tion saw of­fi­cers go door to door to find the ev­i­dence to bring Robin­son to jus­tice

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