Somali Migrant with Multiple Weapons Convictions Jailed for Stabbing Woman After Sex Attack

Sabir Sharife was found guilty of attempted murder and sexual assault at the Old Bailey.
Metropolitan Police

A Somali immigrant with multiple convictions for possessing a blade was jailed for attempted murder after he stabbed a London woman multiple times.

Sabir Sharife, 32, was sentenced to ‘life’ in prison on Monday for a sex attack on a 27-year-old woman that was described by Prosecutor Sarah Campbell as an incident that would “send a chill down the spine” of anyone travelling late at night in London, reports Court News.

The victim had been out with friends at the Queen Adelaide pub in Hackney Road and after boarding the wrong bus to go home, got off yards from the Shuttleworth Hostel where the Somali lived.

Spotting the 27-year-old, Sharife stalked her through the streets of Hackney – a London borough under the stewardship of Labour MPs Diane Abbott and Meg Hillier – carrying a large serrated knife.

Grabbing her by the jeans and brandishing the weapon, he sexually assaulted her during the small hours of April 9th, 2017, and then stabbed her multiple times in the face, neck, chest, and arm.

The woman fought off her attacker and passers-by came to her aid after they heard her screaming. She then passed out through loss of blood.

The jury at the Old Bailey heard that the woman’s palm had almost been severed from her fingers as she fought back the attack, and she sustained permanent facial scarring as well as psychological damage.


The migrant committed the knife attack whilst on bail three months after he threatened to kill his mother because she refused to give him money.

Sharife, who arrived in the UK  more than ten years ago and has Indefinite Leave to Remain, has previous convictions for possessing a blade.

He also has a conviction for outraging public decency when a mother with her child noticed him looking at them whilst fondling himself.

Two months after that, he received a conviction for affray after punching another homeless person resident at the hostel.

Police believe Sharife may have other victims, and Judge Usha Karu noted that two other allegations of rape had emerged which had not been pursued.

Though jailed for ‘life’, Sharife could only end up serving what the judge ordered to be a minimum term of 13 years before being considered for release.

It is not certain if Sharife’s immigration status would be reviewed and his right to remain in the UK rescinded after he has served his sentence.

Breitbart London reported in April that 3,000 suspects under investigation for violent crime, murder, rape, and sexual offences were released without condition in a just a three-month period by 12 police forces alone.

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