Four jailed in connection with Sawbridgeworth assault
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Four men have been jailed at St Albans Crown Court today (Friday 11 March), in connection with an assault in Sawbridgeworth which left a man with more than 20 stab wounds.
The incident occurred in the car park of Budgens supermarket, off London Road, at around 5.15pm on Saturday 11 September, 2021.
The victim, who was aged 29 at the time, was in his car when he was approached by a group of men who began to attack him with a shovel, a wooden bat and a screwdriver before fleeing the area in two vehicles.
The victim was looked after by members of the public until emergency services arrived. Thankfully, his injuries did not prove to be life-threatening.
Four of the suspects were traced to the M25 motorway where they were stopped between junctions 22 and 23 a short time later and arrested.
An investigation was launched by the East Herts Local Crime Unit and the men were subsequently charged.
Today, they were sentenced as follows:
Gjelbrim Murtati, aged 27, from Springfield Road in Windsor, Berkshire, was sentenced to four years, after previously pleading guilty to GBH section 18 and possession of an offensive weapon.
Vigan Murtati, aged 23, from Station Road in Bishop’s Stortford, was sentenced to three years and nine months, after previously pleading guilty to GBH section 18 and possession of an offensive weapon.
Nakaj Durim, aged 27, from High Road in Barnet, was sentenced to 14 months, after previously pleading guilty to affray and possession of an offensive weapon.
Xhevahir Axhami, aged 29, Torriano Avenue in London, was sentenced to 12 months, after previously pleading guilty to affray.
Detective Constable Clare Halfpenny, who led the investigation, said: “This was a sickening attack carried out in broad daylight. Thankfully, despite being left with more than 20 stab wounds, the victim has not been left with any life changing injuries. I’d like to thank the members of the public who assisted at the scene.
“I am pleased these dangerous men are now off our streets.”