A man from Leicester has pleading guilty to stabbing his estranged wife’s new boyfriend at a Nando’s restaurant in the city centre.
Alysah Samuel appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday (11 February) where he pleaded guilty to Section 18 wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article.
The incident happened on the evening of Saturday 4 January. The 21-year-old arranged to meet his estranged wife in Nando’s at the Highcross Shopping Centre.
The conversation started to become difficult so the estranged wife texted a friend for help and this message was relayed to her new boyfriend who arrived at the restaurant at around 10pm.
As he entered the premises, he was approached by Samuel who made a verbal threat before lunging at him and stabbing him with a knife.
The victim sustained a laceration to his upper arm and a small stab wound to his chest.
Immediately after the incident, while the victim was being tended to by members of the public outside, restaurant staff locked the doors to stop Samuel from fleeing the scene.
Officers were at the location within minutes and arrested Samuel as he attempted to make his escape through the back of the restaurant. A black flick knife was also found in the rear service yard.
Detective Constable Louise Osborne was the investigating officer and said the victim was very lucky to have not been more seriously injured.
She said: “The knife caused an arterial bleed and the victim lost a significant amount of blood which required emergency surgery to stop the bleeding.”
“There is the possibility that without the excellent first aid and assistance he received at the scene by members of the public and the police officers he may not have survived. Those that came to his aid that night must be recognised for what they did.”
“The quick thinking actions of the restaurant staff must also be acknowledged for the part they played in this incident.”
DC Osborne added: “This was an isolated incident and while incidents such as this is not something that is seen in restaurants in our city, I appreciate that it did cause some concern especially to those who were in Leicester that night.”
“I want to reassure the public that knife crime is an issue which as a force we take extremely seriously and we remain committed to tackling the ongoing issue of knife crime.”