Man pleads guilty to violent knife attack

19 October 2015

42-year-old Glenford Patrick Walker has pleaded guilty to a violent knife attack

A man has pleaded guilty to a violent knife attack which left a victim requiring reconstructive facial surgery

During the attack which happened earlier this year in Uxbridge, the victim was slashed across the face multiple times receiving wounds up to 12 centimetres in length.

"The forensic evidence identified a number of leads to Walker including DNA"

Glenford Patrick Walker, 42 of Auckland Hill, West Norwood, SE27, appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday, 12 October, where he pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm.

He will be sentenced on Friday, 4 December.

On 19 March officers were alerted by medical staff at Hillingdon Hospital about a man who had been admitted with severe facial injuries caused by a knife.

Officers spoke to the 30-year-old man and established that he had been attacked at his place of work, a skip hire firm in Wallingford Road. The victim was able to provide officers with a description of his attacker and an enquiry was immediately launched.

Detectives from Hillingdon CID conducted an extensive search of the crime scene and DNA was located on the handlebars of bicycle left at the scene which was linked to the suspect. This DNA was positively matched to Walker.

On 1 May Walker was arrested at his home address in West Norwood and subsequently charged with grievous bodily harm.

The victim, who has since been discharged from hospital, required reconstructive surgery and will remain with life long scars.

Detective Inspector Andrew Smith from Hillingdon CID said: "I would like to pay tribute to the victim who bravely provided us with information when he was dealing with trauma and shock immediately after being attacked. This helped us build the strongest case against Walker to bring him before the courts.

"The forensic evidence identified a number of leads to Walker including DNA, and the recovery of fabric from a garment he had been wearing at the time of the attack. Our policing team remains committed to providing the very best in victim support in any investigation and protecting the public is at the heart of everything we do. Criminals like Walker must accept that their actions will lead to consequences."