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Man jailed for stabbing babysitting ex-girlfriend

A man has been jailed for eight years after he admitted a knife attack on his ex-girlfriend as she was babysitting.

Jacob Samba, 32, stabbed Stephanie Hunter with a knife and a meat fork, a month after being bailed for a previous attack on her, the Old Bailey heard.

Miss Hunter, 24, survived after being stabbed in the chest, back and abdomen. She was looking after her neighbour's baby in Southall, west London, in May.

Samba, who was in the UK illegally, had admitted wounding with intent.

'Massively affected'

The court heard the Kenyan national tried to make the mother-of-two have sex with him after stabbing her.

The attacker came to the UK in 2006 to join the Army, but was found to be medically unfit for service.

He moved in with the victim and her children after their relationship began, but was left homeless after they broke up.

At the time of the attack he had overstayed his UK visa.

Andrew Hill, for Samba, said: "He was unable to come to terms with the separation. He was living rough on the streets."

In April, Samba was arrested for common assault after he allegedly grabbed Miss Hunter's hands and pushed her over. He was bailed and told not contact or visit her.

On the day of the attack he forced his way into the property as she looked after the 10-month-old baby, the court heard.

Samba stabbed her with the knife and took up the meat fork after the knife broke.

The attack has "massively affected" Miss Hunter, who suffers from flashbacks and is scared for her children, the court heard.

Judge Peter Rook said: "She thought she was going to die and was terrified. She was thinking constantly about the welfare of her own children, who happily were not there, and also the neighbour's baby, who was there.

"You told her you would only put down the meat fork if she had sex with you.

"She refused. You told her that if she told the police you would come back and kill her and the children."

Samba will be deported to Kenya on his release.

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