Woman stabbed 10 times after asking man to leave her North London home

James Legg, 31, has been jailed for 28 years
-Credit:Met Police

A north London man has been jailed for 28 years for attempted murder. James Legg, 31, of Arlington Road carried out a 'horrific' attack on a woman at her address.

Police were called by the victim's flatmate to the address at around 1.20am on November 15, 2021. The victim, aged in her 20s, was found by officers with multiple stab injuries.

The victim and James Legg, 31, had spent the day with each other. However, she had asked him to leave her address as he had been taking drugs and alcohol and she was concerned about his behaviour.

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Legg was arrested after he fled the property where he stabbed the woman -Credit:Getty

After putting his coat on, Legg returned to the victim’s room armed with a knife and launched the 'horrific' attack. The victim was found to have ten stab injuries by medical staff, and only managed to avoid receiving further wounds as she managed to grab hold of the knife.

Legg attempted to get another knife from the kitchen and the woman managed to barricade herself in the bathroom. Legg attempted to get into the bathroom but left the flat before police arrived.

He was quickly tracked down and arrested. During police interview, he did not provide any reason for the attack and answered no comment to all questions put to him.

On Friday, April 19 he was sentenced to 28 years in prison at Wood Green Crown Court. He previously appeared at the same court on Tuesday, 6 February where he was convicted of attempted murder following a trial.

The 28 years comprises of 23 years in prison and a further five years on licence. Police Constable Andrew Fisher who led the investigation said: “This was a horrific incident which left the woman with significant stab injuries.

"From the outset we made sure that she was at the heart of our investigation; supporting her where we could and ensuring we could build the best case to get a conviction. I am glad that we’ve achieved this and a dangerous man is behind bars.

"Tackling violence against women and girls is a key priority for the Met and I hope convictions such as these, while highlighting the terrible violence some women suffer, demonstrates how determined we are as a police force to hold those responsible to account.”

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