Man detained in hospital over unprovoked knife attacks

Police in attendance at the Nat West bank and Xpress Grill area of Millfielld following a stabbing

Police in attendance at the Nat West bank and Xpress Grill area of Millfielld following a stabbing

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A Peterborough man who stabbed two men in unprovoked and random attacks in Millfield has been detained in hospital.

Parvez Sabeil (28) pleaded guilty to two counts of wounding yesterday at Cambridge Crown Court.

They relate to attacks at about 12.30pm on July 9 last year in Cambridge Avenue, Peterborough, when Sabeil stabbed two members of the public, a 25-year-old man and then a 46-year-old man.

Sabeil had just bought a large kitchen knife and had got out of a taxi at the road’s junction with Lincoln Road when he stabbed the 25-year-old pedestrian several times in the chest and back.

The victim ran away and Sabeil attacked the older man, a cyclist, who was crossing the road, stabbing him in the chest and back.

Sabeil, of Alexandra Road, Peterborough, was arrested at about 2pm the same day. The victims’ injuries were serious but not life threatening and both have recovered.

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said he was satisfied the hospital order, with a restriction under Section 41 of the Mental Health Act, was appropriate given the seriousness of Sabeil’s offences and his psychological condition. He will not be released until he is deemed not to be a risk to the public.

DC Vikki Goddard said: “I hope this outcome brings some comfort for the victims, who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. They know that Sabeil will not be release until he is no longer a risk to members of the public.”