August 30th, 2007 02:03 EST
Armed robber jailed in The U.K.
Darren Neville has been jailed for eight years and nine months having pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted robbery and grievous bodily harm.
Neville tried to rob a female member of bar staff at the Slaughtered Lamb public house in Great Sutton Street on 2 May 2007.
He threatened her with a 15cm bladed knife and demanded money. She then ran down to the basement bar, followed by Neville, where they came across the manager of the pub.
Neville then stabbed the manager 14 times before making off without any money.
The manager was taken to St Thomas's Hospital where he received extensive surgery for two punctured lungs, a severed tricep and numerous other minor stab wounds.
Later that night an ambulance was called to Bunhill Row where Neville was found suffering a stab wound to the leg.
Police attended and followed a trail of blood from the address back to the Slaughtered Lamb.
Detective Inspector Mark Gower, head of Islington Robbery Squad, said:
"By securing a range of evidence such as the knife, forensics and CCTV, he had no choice but to plead guilty. The Islington community should feel safer now this violent robber is behind bars. I also praise the courage shown by the victims who endured a horrendous ordeal and who will no longer work in the licensing trade. Without them this case would not have been brought to trial."