Hatfield man jailed after admitting GBH

A MAN who knifed his housemate in the chest has been jailed – after changing his plea three days into his trial for attempted murder. Elshod Saidov, 23, from Uzbekistan, had denied inflicting

A MAN who knifed his housemate in the chest has been jailed - after changing his plea three days into his trial for attempted murder.

Elshod Saidov, 23, from Uzbekistan, had denied inflicting "life-threatening" wounds on his countryman Feruz Botirov at their shared home in Crop Common, Hatfield.

He also denied a lesser charge of grievous bodily harm (GBH).

But at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday, Saidov changed his plea and admitted causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Botirov, 25.


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After discharging the jury, Judge Michael Baker QC sentenced Saidov to six years eight and months in prison.

The attempted murder charge was ordered to lie on file.

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For more on this story, including police reaction to the conviction, see Wednesday's Welwyn & Hatfield Times.

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