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Man, 26, pleads guilty to GBH after stabbing mum in front of sleeping child in Holloway

He has been remanded awaiting sentencing at the end of next month.

26 July, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Ismail Musa, of Tollington Road, pleaded guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm

A MAN who stabbed a mother in front of her sleeping son has pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.

Ismail Musa, of Tollington Road, pleaded guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, July 19.

He has been remanded awaiting sentencing at the end of next month.

Christel Stainfield-Bruce was knifed in her leg on June 7 in Caedmon Road, Holloway, as she walked home from work pushing her three-year-old in a pram.

Christel Stainfield-Bruce

Mr Musa had asked her for directions to the Emirates Stadium before demanding her phone and then stabbing her when she refused to give it to him.

The 36-year-old was rushed to hospital and later told she was “very, very lucky” that the blade had not hit any major arteries or tendons.

As the Tribune previously reported, Ms Stainfield-Bruce had expressed sympathy with Mr Musa in the days after the attack saying he had made a “bad choice.”

Lucy Akerele, from the CPS, said: “Musa was brazen enough to commit this offence in the early afternoon, on a mother with her young child who thankfully remained asleep due to his mother’s calm approach to the attack.

“Anyone should feel safe to walk home in the afternoon, especially with their children. That Musa pleaded guilty and is now up for sentence means that justice can be served and the safety of citizens going about their lives can be further protected.”

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