A 22-year-old man has admitted stabbing his victim outside the Leicester Royal Infirmary and damaging hospital equipment in an incident earlier this year.
Yusuf Aka appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday (23 May). He admitted the charges of Section 18 wounding with intent, affray and possession of an offensive weapon.
The victim, a 25-year-old man and his friend were leaving the Accident and Emergency department shortly after 2am on Tuesday 16 January, when they were approached by Aka.
Aka was brandishing a knife and lunged at his victim stabbing him in the back.
Both men fled the scene and Aka was captured on CCTV running after the men.
CCTV footage also shows Aka then returning to the hospital and calmly walking into reception still clutching the knife in his right hand.
Once inside the busy waiting area Aka proceeded to pick up computer monitors and throw them across the room.
Hospital staff were quick to evacuate the area moving people away from Aka’s ensuing rampage to a place of safety.
He was quickly detained by members of staff until police arrived soon after.
Detective Constable Chris Symmonds, the investigating officer, said: “This was a particularly frightening experience for everyone present that morning.”
“The actions of the hospital staff who immediately took control of the situation without a thought for their own safety was commendable.”
“I am pleased that Aka has admitted his involvement in this incident meaning the victim not having to relive his ordeal in court.”
Aka will appear at Leicester Crown Court for sentencing on 13 July.