Man jailed for stabbing in Notting Hill

A man has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years’ imprisonment today, (Friday 20 April) after an incident in which a male seriously injured after being stabbed with a pair of scissors.

Dennis Gayle, 34 of Cobbold Road, W12 was jailed at Isleworth Crown Court having pleaded guilty to GBH with intent at an earlier hearing on 20 March.

The court heard that on 17 October 2017 at around 23:00hrs the victim, a 34-year-old man, had been outside a bar in Westbourne Park Road when he was approached by Gayle, who was known to him. Gayle asked the victim if he could show him where the nearest cash machine was and he agreed.

The victim was shown to Gayle’s car and the pair spoke as they arrived in Portobello Road, W10, near the junction with Lancaster Road, where they both got out.

The conversation turned sour and the victim attempted to leave but Gayle approached his vehicle and pulled out a pair of scissors.

He then attacked the victim, stabbing him in the neck before fleeing the scene in the direction of Golborne Road.

The victim was tended to by members of the public until police arrived minutes later.

London Ambulance Service arrived and the victim was taken to a west London hospital where he required extensive treatment for the life-threatening injury before he was discharged.

Gayle was arrested on 7 October and charged the following day.

He initially pleaded not guilty before changing his plea.

Detective Sergeant Chris Taylor, of Kensington and Chelsea police, led the investigation. He said: “This was a petty dispute that very nearly resulted in a man losing his life. Now Gayle will spend a significant period of his life in prison.

“We remain as committed as ever to curbing violent crime in London. In this case alone, four Detective Constable’s carried on working throughout the night to ensure that Gayle was charged and remanded. Their dedicated work kept a dangerous man off London’s streets.”