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Body-cam footage helps convict Birmingham man for attempted murder

A Birmingham man who tried to kill his partner in a vicious knife attack has been jailed for 10 years, after compelling evidence was captured by officers’ body-worn cameras.

The footage showed Steven Randall’s partner on the floor of her kitchen surrounded by blood-soaked towels as her two grown-up children tried to tend to her wounds. 

Randall had stabbed her seven times in the neck and chest with a knife taken from a block on the kitchen counter.

Steven Randall
Steven Randall - jailed

The images and the words of her terrified son and daughter which were caught on officers’ body cams proved so powerful that Randall admitted a charge of attempted murder.

The footage captured her son and daughter telling officers at the scene in the house in Kingstanding that they found Randall straddled over their mother with a knife in his hand. 

They also told how they managed to pull Randall away and took the knife from him but were scared he would carry on the attack using other knives in the kitchen.

However Randall instead drove away from the house and was arrested three days later after getting in contact with his daughter. 

Randall, aged 51, of Hartley Road, Kingstanding, admitted attempted murder and was sentenced to 10 years at Birmingham Crown Court on 6 December.

DC Anthony Butterworth, of the Public Protection Unit, said: “Although the motive for this horrifying attack remains unclear, the images and first disclosure testimony from officers’ body cams proved so powerful that Randall admitted the charge, thus saving his family the trauma of having to relive the attack in court.

“The damage Randall inflicted in his attack initially left his victim unable to speak, but following surgery her voice has since returned. 

“We hope this substantial sentence will now allow her, and the rest of her family, to move on with their lives.”
 

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