Man jailed for stabbing Islington mum out with toddler

|News, Violent crime

A man who brazenly stabbed a mother in a daylight attack as she pushed her toddler’s pram has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Ismail Musa, 26, approached mother-of-three Christel Stanfield-Bruce in Islington while she was with her three-year-old son who was asleep in a pram. Musa asked for directions to the Emirates Stadium but then demanded the victim’s phone. He then stabbed Mrs Stanfield-Bruce in the leg with a knife when she refused to give him her phone on 7 June this year.

Today [Friday, 13 September] Musa was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison at Blackfriars Crown Court. He will also be put on an extended licence period of three years once released. The judge also ordered the destruction of knives found at Musa’s home address.

Lucy Akerele, from the CPS, said: “This was an unprovoked and brazen attack on a young mother who was walking home with her three-year-old son in the middle of the day.

“Musa attacked the victim in daylight in front of passers-by and it was lucky that the young child, who was asleep, did not witness the violence directed at his mother.

“We hope this conviction and sentence provides some closure for the victim and her family. The CPS takes knife crime extremely seriously and will prosecute offenders where there is the evidence to do so.”

Notes to editors

  • Ismail Musa [09.05.1993] is from Islington. He had pleaded guilty to one count of wounding with intent at a previous court hearing
  • Lucy Akerele is a senior crown prosecutor at CPS London North.

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