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Man pleads guilty to ‘slash’ attacks on women in Hounslow

February 18, 2013, 1:16 pm

A man has pleaded guilty to stabbing two women in seemingly motiveless,
random attacks in Hounslow.

Sasha Masamba, 20 (10/3/92), of Nicholes Road, Hounslow pleaded guilty
to two counts of GBH with intent at the Old Bailey on Monday, 18

He will be sentenced on 9 April.

On Tuesday, 7 August 2012, shortly before midnight, Masamba approached a
19-year-old woman from behind in Hanworth Road, near the junction with
St Stephen’s Road, Hounslow.

He grabbed the woman and cut her across the neck with a knife before
laughing and running off.

On Friday 17 August, at approximately 0130hrs, Masamba carried out a
similar attack on a 26-year-old woman in Whitton Road, Hounslow. He cut
her face with a knife and made off after the victim had kicked him.

The women were both taken to hospital for treatment – both required

Police investigating the attacks circulated CCTV images of the suspect
and mounted additional patrols in the Hounslow area. On 21 August, a
Probationary Police Constable with only 4 weeks service on the streets
spotted Masamba as he approached Hounslow Train Station. She recognised
him from the CCTV of the suspect and he was stopped and subsequently
arrested on the basis of his description.

DCI Amanda Hargreaves of the Homicide & Serious Crime Command said:
“Although we do not fully understand Masamba’s motive for these
senseless attacks, I have no doubt that he would have continued to pose
a serious threat to women had he not been caught.

“Masamba was not previously known to police, but he was caught through
the hard work of detectives, the availability of CCTV footage and the
diligence of the additional officers on patrol in Hounslow.”

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