Man given life sentence for attempted murder – Oxford
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Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man from Oxford has been handed a discretionary life sentence after he was convicted of an attempted murder in Oxford.
Stephen Allum, aged 60, previously of Morrell Crescent in Littlemore, pleaded guilty to the offence in a hearing at Oxford Crown Court on 13 August.
Returning to the same court for sentencing today (8/10), Allum was sentenced to life imprisonment.
He will not be eligible for parole for at least 17 years.
On 24 January this year, the victim, a 59-year-old woman, attended the home address of Allum at his request.
On attendance, Allum invited the victim into the back garden and after only a few seconds, he produced a knife from inside his jacket and started to attack the victim in an unprovoked assault.
The victim raised her hand and took hold of the blade to stop Allum from stabbing her, causing lacerations to her finger.
Allum continued his ferocious attack and it only ended when the knife blade broke in two.
Allum then attempted to strangle his victim by placing his hands around her neck.
The victim sustained a wound to her chest, cuts to her face and nose and a lacerated finger, which required hospital treatment.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Josie Cassidy, of Oxford CID, said: “Allum is a violent and dangerous man, and this discretionary life sentence handed out is an exceptional outcome arising from his guilty plea.
“This sentence means that Allum will not be a danger to the public for many years to come, and he will not be eligible to apply for parole for at least 17 years.
“Even at this point, he will need to satisfy the parole board that he is no longer a risk to the public, and will be subject to conditions for the rest of his life in any case.
“This attack was sickening and completely unprovoked, and I hope that the victim sees this indeterminate sentence as the justice she deserves.
“The victim in this case has shown tremendous courage, tenacity and patience while we brought Allum to justice, and I hope that she can put this horrific ordeal behind her and move on with her life in the knowledge that Allum is now behind bars where he belongs.
“This level of violence will never be tolerated, and we will always investigate with determination to bring dangerous men such as Allum to justice.”