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VIOLENT OFFENDER: Man convicted of serious assault after stabbing victim in Garston

 Published on: 8th March 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has been found guilty of grievous bodily harm after he stabbed a man in a Garston shopping precinct.

Freddie Gathithi, formerly of Watford, was convicted of GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm) Section 20 and possession of a bladed article on Friday, March 4, following a trial at St Albans Crown Court.

The court heard how on Tuesday, April 27 last year, Gathithi was captured on CCTV having a verbal disagreement with another man outside the shops on The Brow, in the north of the town.

This turned physical when Gathithi attacked the victim, who was known to him, with a knife.

Gathithi fled after the assault, which left the victim with a single wound to his upper back.

Thankfully the injury was not life-threatening or life-changing and he was later discharged.

Nineteen-year-old Gathithi was previously charged with another count of possession of a bladed article and assault by beating in relation to an incident involving a different man on February 28, 2021 – however the jury found him not guilty of both counts.

Detective Constable Lewis Mortimer, who investigated Gathithi, said: “This case shows just how blasé Gathithi was about not only carrying a knife, but actually using it to wound the victim during a disagreement.

“Thankfully the victim’s injury was not serious, but if the blade had caught a major artery, then this could have very easily been a murder investigation in which the victim’s family would have been mourning his loss.”

Watford Chief Inspector Ian Grout said: “We’re very pleased to have secured a conviction in this case, which was made possible thanks to the hard work of officers and our partners from Watford Borough Council.

“I’d like to reassure the community that we will continue to do all we can to remove weapons from the streets of Watford and bring to justice those who choose to commit offences by using them. We will not tolerate knife crime in our town.”

Following his conviction, Gathithi was remanded back into custody and is due to be sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on May 4.

 

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