Kristian Holme-Slater, 25, of Hastings, was sentenced on Wednesday, 23 February at Snaresbrook Crown Court to a total of 10 years comprising a custodial sentence of seven years and a further three to be served on licence.
At around 11.38pm on 27 August 2021 Holme-Slater approached a woman and her male friend in Goldsmiths Row E2 and, completely unprovoked, slashed at them both with a knife.
Fortunately, both leapt out the way and managed to escape without injury. Holme-Slater had made comments to the male about what area he lived in.
Later the 32-year-old victim – who is the brother of the woman who Holme-Slater had tried to attack – attended the area.
He saw Holme-Slater on his bicycle and challenged him as to why he had tried to attack his sister.
Holme-Slater got off his bicycle and stabbed the victim in his heart. The victim made his way to his sister where he collapsed and an ambulance was called.
The victim was taken to hospital in a critical condition. He was discharged after five days after receiving treatment in intensive care.
Detective Constable Jamiesha Majevadia, from the local policing team in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, said “This could very easily have been a murder investigation. The victim’s condition was critical and he required open-heart surgery to save his life.
“Holme-Slater was arrested on 17 September after our investigation which identified the suspect within hours of committing the offence as he was known in the local community.
“CCTV investigations with private and local authority CCTV captured the offence in its entirety. Numerous victim statements were obtained and forensic exhibits were seized from the scene.
“A lengthy manhunt ensued for Holmes-Slater as he was actively pursued across London and the South East before returning to the Hackney area where he was arrested by specialist resources.
“The Met has long prioritised our response to knife crime, and this case is another example of our determination to bring to justice those responsible for such violent acts.”