Knifeman jailed for attacks on two lone women

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A man dubbed the “Hounslow slasher” and described as a “every woman’s nightmare” has been given an 18-year sentence.

Sasha Masamba, 21, attacked two women with knives as they walked home at night, leaving them with permanent scars around their face and neck.

He was said to be particularly dangerous because there was no motive to the attacks which terrorised women in suburban streets in west London.

Masamba, of Hounslow, west London, pleaded guilty to two offences of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He was jailed at the Old Bailey for 18 years – four of them to be served on licence.

The Recorder of London, Judge Brian Barker, said: “This is a most disturbing case.

“Noticeably, there was no request for money or sexual intent. The deep concern is a lack of any rational explanation for these acts.

“The victims could easily have died because the knife wounds were near arteries.”

The Old Bailey heard that, over ten days in August last year, Masamba prowled the area around Hounslow station and on two occasions slashed women late at night.

He was arrested at Hounslow station by new recruit Pc Rebecca Skinner on August 21 after she recognised his CCTV image which had been released to the media.

His not-guilty pleas to the attempted murders of Kaja Zablocka, 19, on August 7 and Deserilyn Aurelio, 26, ten days later were accepted.

Bobbie Cheema, QC, prosecuting, told the court: “This defendant is every woman’s nightmare – a man who arms himself with a knife and then prowls around late at night waiting for a lone female to attack.

“He targeted, followed and then assaulted the innocent women walking home from public transport.”

She said the women were attacked from behind. In one case, Masamba had been prowling around for three hours looking for a victim.

The first attack was on university student Miss Zablocka, 19, who had only been in Britain for two weeks.

She required seven stitches at hospital to a 3cm wound to her throat and had a continuous cut stretching round her neck.

Waitress Miss Aurelio is now awaiting plastic surgery for a 5cm scar on her face after Masamba slashed her across the chin with a breadknife.

Both women were said to have been traumatised by the attacks.