Bromley teaching assistant who attacked former girlfriend and her family in Beckenham jailed (From News Shopper)
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Bromley teaching assistant who attacked former girlfriend and her family in Beckenham jailed
A BROMLEY teaching assistant who attempted to strangle his former girlfriend and stabbed his ex’s mother and father in Beckenham has been jailed.
Luke Nicholson, aged 29, who worked at Princes Plain School in Church Lane, Bromley Common, pleaded guilty to three counts of GBH with intent at Croydon Crown Court.
He was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
On the evening of January 24, Nicholson went to the home of his former girlfriend in Ernest Grove, Beckenham, and knocked on the door.
As her 58-year-old father opened it Nicholson stabbed him in the arm, severing an artery.
Moving into the hallway, he stabbed her 54-year-old mother in the hands in a frenzied attack.
Hearing the commotion downstairs, Nicholson's former girlfriend tried to escape by jumping from the first-floor bathroom window.
She was caught by him in the back garden at which point he hit her over the head with a plant-pot and strangled her until she lost consciousness.
Disturbed by a neighbour who had heard the attack, he left her for dead.
All three victims were taken to hospital, and require ongoing and long-term treatment for their injuries.
Nicholson, from Sevenoaks, was arrested a short while later in Lloyds Way, Beckenham, and taken to hospital for treatment to head injuries he sustained during the assault after the mother fought back and hit him over the head with a plant pot.
A police investigation established not only that Nicholson was responsible for the attacks, but also there had been a significant element of planning and preparation.
Acting Detective Sergeant Andy Cryan, of the Bromley police community safety unit, said: "It was only at the eleventh hour, and in the face of the overwhelming evidence, that Nicholson decided to plead guilty to the horrific attack he carried out on the family.
"To date, Nicholson has still not provided an explanation for what he did, which has made it even harder for the family to deal with.
"I would like to praise the courage shown by the family, both in the immediate aftermath and during the traumatic months since the incident.
"Hopefully today’s sentence will help them start to move on from what happened.
"Sentences like those given to Nicholson today should send out the message that the Metropolitan Police Service and the Crown Prosecution Service will work together to ensure that violent offenders like Nicholson are brought to justice."
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