A man who was found guilty following a stabbing in West Molesey last summer has been jailed for 14 years.
Rudi Brooks, 23, of High Street in Thames Ditton was handed the sentence after the jury heard evidence from a three- day trial heard a Kingston Crown Court. Brooks pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and wounding with intent. He was found guilty of wounding with intent only on Tuesday, 8 January.
Just after 11pm on Monday, 8 July 2018 police received a 999 call from a man reporting a stabbing outside the Sainsbury’s story on Walton Road.
When the first officers arrived at the scene within minutes, the victim was receiving first aid treatment from a member of the public, he was in a critical condition and was slipping in and out of consciousness. The victim was stabbed in the heart, lungs and leg and was taken to St. George’s hospital in Tooting by the Air Ambulance Service where he underwent emergency surgery.
CCTV enquiries led officers to establish that a silver Mercedes pulled into the car park where the victim was sat in his own car with some friends. Brooks exited the Mercedes, walked up to the victim’s car door, opened it and brutally stabbed him three times. The Mercedes then made off from the car park but shortly after returned to the scene where the driver and two passengers were arrested.
It soon came to light there was a fourth passenger in the car at the time of the incident, meaning officers needed to identify and locate the last person. Intelligence work led detectives to believing it was Rudi Brooks who had stabbed the victim, he was still outstanding.
The fast-paced investigation traced Brooks to Essex. After the incident Brooks fled to a hotel in Harlow and told police he went there after an argument with his girlfriend. He was arrested on 10 July and gave a no comment interview. He was charged with attempted murder the following day and was remanded in custody.
In an extract from the victim’s impact statement, which was read in court, the victim said: “Since being discharged from hospital I have had to make several trips to various hospitals for different reasons. I still suffer with my stab injuries. The wounds have healed but there are large scars across my body that are a daily reminder of what happened to me.”
“What has had a major impact on my life is the fact that I have partially lost the sight in my right eye. I have been having treatment for this but at the moment the medical people do not know if they can save my eyesight.”
Detective Inspector Alison Green of North Surrey CID said: “The victim is incredibly lucky to be alive today. His heart stopped twice and if it wasn’t for the amazing work from the first responders then we could have been looking at a murder trial instead of attempted murder.
“This was not a random act of violence, it was a targeted attack by Brooks against the victim after they’d had an argument earlier that day. Brooks was ruthless and callous in his actions that night they will have a life-long impact on the victim and witnesses.
“I’d like to commend the victim for his bravery throughout the trial, having to relive this extremely traumatic incident was not easy. I hope the verdict and the work of the investigating team will help him start to move on and put this behind him.”