A teenage boy and a 40-year-old woman were both jailed today in connection with a stabbing in Borehamwood.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and Ferlisha Thomas, 41, of Station Road in the town received their sentences in St Albans Crown Court, with the boy also being charged with an attack on a taxi driver in Cheshunt.
At a previous hearing on Wednesday, February 23, the boy had earlier pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of the stabbing victim, but had pled guilty to wounding with intent and possession of a knife. Thomas pleaded guilty to wounding.
The teenager was sentenced to five years imprisonment for both offences, whilst Thomas received a sentence of three years and three months for her part in the stabbing, which occurred on October 12 last year.
The pair were both arrested after police were called at around 4:30am that day to reports of a man in his 30s being injured in the Stratfield Road area. The victim, was found with stabs wounds to the neck, chest and back. Two operations were needed to resolve the injuries, which were initially thought to be life-threatening. He spent eight days in hospital.
Both the teenager and Thomas were arrested on October 19 following an investigation. The victim had been her partner, and following a drunken row, the boy had taken out a 15-inch knife and attacked the man.
For the defence in court, James Gray said the boy had been acting in defence of the woman, and that he had suffered a difficult childhood.
The court was also told that early on August 22, 2020, the boy had also been a part of a group who had assaulted a taxi driver in Cheshunt. The teenager had punched the man in the face and stamped on him, with the attack leading to the driver leaving his line of work.
Sentencing, Judge Sandeep Kainth called the assault on the taxi driver “a vicious unprovoked assault.”
Detective Sergeant Emma Alston from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit (DAISU), who investigated the case, said: “This was nasty attack which has left a lasting impact on the victim, who had previously been romantically linked to Thomas.
“Thankfully he has at least been spared the ordeal of going through a trial and I hope these sentences can bring him a sense of closure.”