Welwyn Garden City student, 18, jailed for 10 years over college stabbing

PUBLISHED: 10:21 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2017

Andrew Afrifa has been jailed for 10 years.

Andrew Afrifa has been jailed for 10 years.

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A “dangerous” 18-year-old who stabbed a fellow student with a kitchen knife in Welwyn Garden City has been given a 10-year sentence.

Police at Oaklands College  in Welwyn Garden City at the time of the incident.Police at Oaklands College in Welwyn Garden City at the time of the incident.

Andrew Afrifa pleaded guilty to attempting to wound with intent another student on his engineering course at Oaklands College.

Last Wednesday, prosecutor Michael Speak told St Albans Crown Court how there was dislike between the two boys, because the victim used to make fun of Afrifa for talking like a “chav”.

Mr Speak said that on October 17, 2016, Afrifa took a six-inch knife from his kitchen at home, wrapped it in a bandana to make it easier to hold, and took it into college.

At about 11.15am Afrifa grabbed the victim by the neck and tried to stab him numerous times in the chest and arms - he was under the influence of cannabis at the time.

Fortunately, a thick coat the victim was wearing caught the worst of the blows, and he sustained only superficial injuries to his chest, neck, and hands – and managed to run away.

Afrifa told police afterward he was annoyed that no blood had been drawn at the scene, as he was stabbing as “hard as he could”.

Annoyed he had not been successful in drawing blood, Afrifa went inside and found one of the victim’s friends, threatening he will “be next”.

Mitigating on behalf of Afrifa, Defence lawyer Marina Williamson noted this is his first criminal conviction, he is still young, and has good character references.

In custody Afrifa has opted to take educational courses, including cleaning and victim awareness, and has made friends.

She said: “He would like to change his ways and has accepted that what he did was wrong.”

Afrifa has also been “remarkably frank” with the police from day one, noted Judge Andrew Bright QC.

A psychiatrist reported his embarrassment, shame, and regret at his actions.

Mr Bright said: “I am sure that there is an awful lot of good in you, that your family has seen, and the character references have seen, and that if you weren’t affected by drugs that you would lead a perfectly law abiding life, but for now you are dangerous.

“I hope very much that the progress you have been making in prison will continue.”

He will serve at least six years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Afrifa, of Lytchet Way, Enfield, also has an 18-month sentence for threatening another with an article with a blade, and a nine-month sentence for having an article with a blade.

These will both run concurrently to the 10-year sentence.


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