Man jailed for random stabbing - St Albans


A Polish man, who had come to St Albans to work, was stabbed in a random attack by a drunk who had downed a bottle of vodka and two bottles of wine.

The victim was walking along Stanhope Road when he was grabbed around the neck by Anthony Zambra.

Zambra, aged 39, said: "I will kill you," and made repeated stabbing motions, St Albans Crown Court heard today, Thursday, 03 December 2015.

Prosecutor John Carmichael said the former Polish soldier received one stab wound, but was protected by a thick coat and was able to fight Zambra off. Passersby called the police and Zambra, who had walked off, was put to the ground and arrested nearby.

The victim is undergoing physiotherapy on his arm following the attack, which happened late afternoon on 3 June this year. He also suffers feelings of insecurity.

Mr Carmichael said that before the attack, Zambra had walked into a recruitment office in Hatfield Road where he acted strangely, pulling out knives and stabbing at pot plants. He then walked half a mile to Stanhope Road, where he set upon the victim at random.

The father of three, of Savoy Mews, St Albans, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to making threats to kill, having a blade and wounding. He had one previous conviction for drink driving.

William Marshall, defending, said Zambra had been "a lot better" since being remanded in custody. "He is trying to rehabilitate himself and he is off alcohol. He is apologetic."

Judge John Plumstead jailed him for three years, telling him: "You had drunk yourself to a complete loss of sense and control."

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