A man has been sentenced to life in prison after he attacked his ex-wife and her partner with a knife in Luton in July last year.
Fatmir Mula, 44, of Lowe Avenue, Newsham, was sentenced to two life sentences at Luton Crown Court today (Thursday, 14 January), after he was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder.
He had violently attacked the pair at a contact centre in Luton at around 4.40pm on 12 July 2015. He turned on his ex-wife with a knife who was then shielded by her partner. This ultimately saved her life, but this courageous act led to the partner sustaining life threatening injuries when Mula stabbed him several times in the chest. Mula then fled the scene and was arrested the following day.
He denied the charges, and a further charge of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, but was convicted following a trial.
Detective Constable Scott Hannam, investigating, said: “The ferocious attack could easily have resulted in the death of either or both of the victims. This behaviour is intolerable.
“We are pleased that the jury has found him guilty for this violent behaviour and that he will spend a lengthy time behind bars.
“Domestic violence of any kind is not acceptable and we will work hard to bring those responsible to justice.”
Mula was given two life sentences each with a minimum of 11 years, which will be served concurrently. The judge also considered Mula a dangerous offender and ruled that he must convince a parole board of his suitability for release when he becomes eligible.
Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “This was a completely unjustified, unprovoked, and planned attack. Mula is clearly an extremely dangerous man.
“We have worked closely with Bedfordshire Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. The consequences of this incident could have been even more serious than they actually were, and highlight the dangers of carrying knives. The CPS takes all allegations of violence and knife crime extremely seriously and will continue to vigorously prosecute all such offenders.
“Understandably, the events on that day have had a significant impact on the victims both physically and psychologically. I hope that the convictions and today’s sentence will in some way help them to come to terms with the horrifying events with the knowledge that the person that subjected him to their terrible ordeal has been brought to justice. Our thoughts are very much with them both at this time.”