Asylum seeker who stabbed 2 men gets lenient sentence “so he can be deported as soon as possible”By Emily Lewis 5:59 AM January 26, 2018
Victims of a stabbing attack were shocked by the lenient sentence handed down to a man who was in the country illegally.
22-year-old Abdelali Yazid was at a skateboarding park on the South Bank in London, where he stole a woman’s purse.
A group of men confronted him and attempted to get the purse back. Yazid, who was scared of the group, pulled out a knife and stabbed two men.
Jurors heard during the trial that Yazid stabbed Leon Lowe, 19, twice in the ribs, twice in the shoulder, and once in the backside.
Lowe suffered life-changing injuries. He can no longer use his right hand to write. He has pain in his upper back and his hand shakes, according to prosecutors.
Yazid also slashed Ben Collington under the chin.
Defense attorney Haseeb Yousaf said Yazid came to the country from Algeria two years ago. He initially went to school but he dropped out and became homeless about a month before the attack.
Yousaf said that his client was “pressured by people in Algeria to fight in the war in Syria so he fled and changed his name. Yazid’s parents and 6 siblings still live in Algeria, the lawyer said.
A jury found Yazid guilty of the charges.
Judge Jeremy Donne sentenced Yazid to 4 years in prison for wounding with intent to cause great bodily harm (GBH), 9 months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) and 9 months for possessing an offensive weapon, all to run concurrently.
The judge acknowledged that this was a light sentence, but defended his decision saying: “I don’t want him staying in this country being paid for by the taxpayer for longer than is necessary.”