A MAN who ambushed a young woman outside her home and stabbed her repeatedly after an argument on Instagram has been jailed for more than 13 years.
Basit Hussain armed himself with a knife and attacked his vulnerable victim in Fagley, Bradford, shortly after midnight on September 19 last year.
She was stabbed in the left side of her neck, twice in the arm and once in the back by Hussain, a heavy cannabis user with an unstable personality disorder, Leeds Crown Court heard today.
Hussain, 25, was charged with attempted murder but the Crown later accepted his guilty pleas to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article as an offensive weapon.
Judge Tom Bayliss QC said it was “a premeditated revenge attack” in which Hussain armed himself with a knife and ambushed a vulnerable woman outside her home.
She suffered multiple penetrating wounds that left her permanently scarred and frightened Hussain would attack her again.
Judge Bayliss ruled that Hussain presented a significant risk of serious harm to the public. He meted out an extended sentence of 17 years, with 13 and a half years imprisonment and three and a half on licence. Hussain will serve two thirds of the custodial term before the Parole Board considers if it is safe to release him.
Prosecutor Chloe Hudson said Hussain was on licence at the time of the stabbing after serving a six year jail sentence for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
He selected his victim at random while still behind bars for the drugs offences and began sending her messages on an illicit phone several months before the attack.
Hussain, of no fixed address, said: “Yo, yo, I am in prison…text me I am local to where you are.”
The woman did not reply but four days before the attack, she and a female friend argued with Hussain on Instagram.
She was outside her home at half past midnight waiting for a friend she had invited round when Hussain got out of a silver car that screeched to a halt.
He walked over to her and said: “I told you I was coming for you.”
Hussain then repeatedly stabbed her and was driven off in the car.
The woman had blood pouring from her neck. She ran to her friend’s car and was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary.
A doctor in the accident and emergency department said she had suffered “multiple penetrating wounds.” The injuries to her neck and arm were stitched but she was left with permanent scarring.
Hussain was arrested in Salt Street, Manningham, Bradford, where he had been staying.
The woman said in her victim personal statement that she was “the most scared she had ever been” when she was stabbed.
“I was praying that I would not die,” she stated.
She was in terrible pain and the attack had left her with low confidence and feeling paranoid and unsafe. She was afraid that Hussain would come after her again.
“I would ask the court to lock him up for as long as possible to protect myself and others,” she said.
Zaheer Afzal said in mitigation that Hussain had suffered a troubled childhood and been beset by mental health problems since he was a teenager.
He complained of hearing voices in his head and thought that people on the television were talking about him.
He had no previous convictions for violence and was grateful his victim did not sustain long-term injury.
Hussain told the police: “If I had wanted to kill someone, I would have done,” Mr Afzal said.
He went to the woman’s house to photograph it “saw red and stabbed her.”
Judge Bayliss made a restraining order to protect the woman from Hussain in the future.