Man guilty of attempted murder after he stamped on victim's head in 'brutal' Leicester assault

Sambarashe Mushonga
-Credit: (Image: Leicestershire Police)

A man has been found guilty of attempted murder after he stamped on another man’s head and hit him with a “large stick” in Leicester, police have said. Sambarashe Mushonga (37) was sentenced to 25 years in prison yesterday (Thursday June 27) after the “brutal” attack in Milton Crescent in Beaumont Leys.

Leicestershire Police said that members of the public overpowered Mushonga and detained him shortly after the attack. The force said the victim sustained a “significant” brain injury following the incident on Friday, January 19, but has since spoken to officers.

Police confirmed they received a call at 8.46pm on the day of the attack, where the caller was “clearly disturbed” by the assault. The caller then reported that Mushonga had been detained by people in the area but was trying to break free.

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Leicestershire Police said its officers arrived at 8.55pm and assisted the injured man, who was unconscious and “badly bleeding”. It said a second crew arrived moments after and Mushonga was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The force said that the injured man was known to Mushonga, of Upper Temple Walk, and had been staying in his flat in the days prior. They also stated that Mushonga could not recall the incident in his police interview, as he admitted he was drunk, but he agreed it was him carrying out the assault when he was shown CCTV footage of the incident.

CCTV also captured Mushonga being detained by two men as well as a woman who provided first aid assistance to the injured man. Mushonga was charged with attempted murder and also assault after he pushed and ripped the clothing of one of the men who detained him, police added.

Detective constable Katie Smith, who was the investigating officer, paid tribute to those who helped the victim on that evening. She said: “The victim was subjected to a sustained and brutal attack by Mushonga and when he arrived at hospital, he was in a critical condition.

"It is currently unknown what the prognosis is for any long-term effects he may have suffered from the assault, but we do know that these people undoubtedly contributed to saving his life. Despite witnessing such an horrendous act, they acted on impulse and immediately sought to prevent the victim from being further assaulted.

"They also managed to detain the suspect without thankfully coming to any harm themselves. I would like to publicly pay tribute to their selfless actions, and I hope that not only should they be assured in knowing that they did not only help this man, but it also assisted us in making a quick arrest of a clearly dangerous individual.

"Four of the witnesses who came forward gave evidence during the trial which I am extremely grateful for as this played an integral part in the case.” At Leicester Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 27 June) Mushonga was found guilty of attempted murder and assault by beating and was sentenced to a total of 25 years in prison.

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