Met Police said in a statement on Thursday, March 16, 2023, that a man lured his ex-girlfriend to an east London high street before stabbing her 18 times in a frenzied attack that left her fighting for her life.
Robin Ibrahim, 28, of Brock Place, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday, March 10 at Basildon Crown Court.
On Thursday, September 22, he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place in the same court.
According to Detective Constable Ollie Jones of the East Area’s Public Protection team, Ibrahim asked his ex to meet him outside a bank on Hornchurch High Street on June 28, 2021, claiming he was going to return a large sum of money he owed her.
“Ibrahim lied to his ex-girlfriend, saying he had the large sum of money he owed her in order for her to agree to meet with him. He then proceeded to stab her 18 times in a brutal, sustained attack. I believe Ibrahim would have carried out his heinous attack if members of the public, including the victim’s sister, had not rushed to her aid and detained Ibrahim until police arrived.”
“Aware of how dangerous Ibrahim was, officers from the East Area’s Public Protection team and CID worked together to carry out fast-time enquiries to gather enough evidence for him to be charged. Ibrahim eventually realized that the evidence against him was overwhelming and that he had no choice but to plead guilty to his heinous crime.
“I would like to commend the victim for her bravery throughout. I hope Ibrahim’s imprisonment for an extended period of time provides her with some closure. I’d also like to thank the members of the public for their bravery in rushing to the victim’s aid on the day, saving her from further injuries or worse.”
The court heard that on June 28, 2021, Ibrahim asked his ex-girlfriend to meet him outside a bank in High Street, Hornchurch, so he could pay her a large sum of money.
They talked outside the bank after missing its opening time, before the victim and Ibrahim returned to a nearby car park in Billet Lane where her vehicle was parked for him to hand over the promised money.
When they arrived at the parking lot, Ibrahim pulled a knife from his bag and attacked the victim as she lay on the side of her car. He stabbed her 18 times before being stopped by brave members of the public who intervened. Officers arrived quickly and arrested Ibrahim for attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.
The victim was rushed to the hospital with potentially fatal injuries and required emergency surgery. She was later released and is still recovering from her injuries.
Detectives worked quickly and successfully to obtain crucial CCTV evidence of the attack as well as Ibrahim’s journey to and from the crime scene.
On June 30, 2021, he was charged and convicted.