Man jailed for butcher's knife attack - Potters Bar

29/07/2014

An architecture graduate, who used a butcher's knife to attack a man staying at his ex-girlfriend's home in Potters Bar, was jailed for 5 and a half years today, Tuesday, 29 July 2014.

Anthony Powell, aged 29, grabbed the knife from Letitia Jackson's kitchen and delivered up to ten blows to Calvin Kachara, who had armed himself with an 8-foot long wardrobe mirror.

The sentence means that the Home Secretary will now decide whether Jamaican-born Powell should remain in the country.

Charles Ward-Jackson, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecutionj Service (CPS) told St Albans Crown Court that at 1.30 in the morning of 25 January this year Powell went to Ms Jackson's home in Ashwood Road. She let him in and he began shouting. Mr Kachara, who was also a former boyfriend of Ms Jackson, came downstairs holding the mirror. "It may be the victim struck the first blow," he said.

Powell armed himself with the knife and pushed Mr Kachara over a sofa. He struck him on the head, shoulder and arm with the knife before fleeing the house. He suffered cuts to the head, a laceration to the shoulder and a finger. He spent 48 hours in hospital and has been left with some scarring.

When Powell was questioned he said he had travelled to Potters Bar to collect his belongings following the end of the relationship. He said he had been attacked by the other man.

The prosecutor said Powell was a Jamaican national who was an over-stayer and who had been served with a deportation notice.

Powell, of Tenterden Road, Tottenham, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, but admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent. His plea was accepted by the prosecution.

Defence barrister Melanie Simpson said the father of two was acting in self-defence that became excessive. She said Powell, who had his head in his hands at times in the dock, was very sorry. She said the attack was not premeditated. He had come to the UK, aged 16, to live with his mother who is a health care professional. He had achieved a degree in architecture from London Met University and was now in the second year of a masters course.

Jailing him, Judge Stephen Gullick accepted that his actions that night had been wholly out of character.

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