Sep 01 2012

Teenage knife robber jailed for seven and a half years

Herve Mpanzu aged 19 of Northolt Road, Harrow was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment at Harrow Crown Court today (Friday 31 August) after being found guilty of robbery.

Mpanzu attacked his victim, a 26 year old man, from behind and held a knife to his throat as he walked home along Torrington Drive, Harrow late after work on Monday 19 December last year. A struggle ensued and the victim was stabbed in the leg, buttock and back after he refused to hand over his property. In the struggle Mpanzu dropped his mobile phone, and in his anger, broke the knife in half before running off with the victim’s rucksack.

This sentence also sends out a strong message to anyone who carries a knife…

Officers attended the scene and conducted a search of the area with the help of police dogs. A knife handle was recovered and sent off for forensic analysis. Mpanzu was identified by blood which had been found on the knife handle and was subsequently arrested.

Investigating officer PC Ali Khan of Harrow’s Crime Squad said, “This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent man who was unknown to Mpanzu. The severity of this sentence handed out by the judge today reflects the crime. This is also an excellent result for the victim. This sentence also sends out a strong message to anyone who carries a knife or is thinking of carrying a weapon to use, that they will be caught and dealt with severely by the courts.”

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