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Man pleads guilty to random 'slash' attacks on women

GUILTY: Sasha Masamba will be sentenced on April 9

A MAN has pleaded guilty to stabbing two women in seemingly motiveless, random attacks in west London.

Sasha Masamba pleaded guilty to two counts of GBH with intent at the Old Bailey today (Feb 18).

Shortly before midnight on August 7, 2012, Masamba approached a 19-year-old woman from behind in Hanworth Road, near the junction with St Stephen's Road in Hounslow. He grabbed her and cut her across the neck with a knife before laughing and running off.

Ten days later on August 17 at approximately 1.30am, Masamba carried out a similar attack on a 26-year-old woman in Whitton Road also in Hounslow. He cut her face with a knife and made off after the victim had kicked him.

The women were both taken to hospital for treatment - both required stitches.

Police investigating the attacks circulated CCTV images of the suspect and mounted additional patrols in the Hounslow area. On August 21, a Probationary Police Constable, with only four weeks service, on the streets spotted Masamba as he approached Hounslow Train Station. She recognised him from the CCTV of the suspect and he was stopped and subsequently arrested on the basis of his description.

DCI Amanda Hargreaves, said: "Although we do not fully understand Masamba's motive for these senseless attacks, I have no doubt that he would have continued to pose a serious threat to women had he not been caught.

"Masamba was not previously known to police, but he was caught through the hard work of detectives, the availability of CCTV footage and the diligence of the additional officers on patrol in Hounslow."

He will be sentenced on 9 April.

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