Asylum Seeker Gebreys Jailed for 20 Years for Stabbing Semhar Kidane

Asylum seeker jailed for 20 years for stabbing former partner

 

 

Alex Gebreys admitted he stabbed his ex in the neck but denied trying to kill her

 

 

www.gazettelive.co.uk | April 12, 2017

 

 

Asylum Seeker Gebreys Jailed for 20 Years for Stabbing Semhar Kidane

 

 

During the three-day trial, prosecutors said Gebreys, an Eritrean asylum-seeker, was responsible for the brutal attack on November 23 last year.

 

 

Ms Kidani was found lying on a blood-soaked bed with the pair’s 15-month-old son laid half underneath her body, the court heard.

 

 

She was left with life-changing injuries and is still unable to move the right side of her body due to her spinal chord being severed by seven stab wounds, the jury was told.

 

 

Gebreys, of no fixed abode, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but denied attempted murder.

 

 

Prosecutor Mark Giuliani said the pair struck up a relationship in Calais while they were heading to the UK to seek asylum in December 2014.

 

 

Ms Kidane fell pregnant and arrived in the UK with the defendant, who had not been granted asylum,” he said.

 

 

“Their relationship was not good. He was often very violent towards her and threatened to beat her. When he was being abusive towards her he was angry. He would often say to her ‘one day, I will kill you’.”

 

 

Giving evidence through an interpreter, Gebreys claimed he went to Ms Kidani’s home on Stephen Street, to see his son.

 

 

He said he went upstairs with a knife, but could not remember how he felt after that.

 

 

“It was at that point my behaviour changed,” he told the court.

 

 

“I saw her laying on the bed. I stabbed her, then crossed my face with my hands.

 

 

“I don’t know what happened, I don’t know why I stabbed her.”

 

 

When asked how many times he stabbed Ms Kidani, Gebreys said: “It is difficult to say but what I remember is that it was only twice.”

 

 

Gebreys, who became emotional as he stood in the witness box, claimed an “evil spirit” caused him to stab Ms Kidani.

 

 

Sentencing Gebreys to 20 years in prison, Recorder of Middlesbrough, Simon Bourne-Arton QC, said: “The effects of your actions that night mean your son will not see his father for many years.

 

 

“You had armed yourself with a knife, you went into her room, and when she was in a highly vulnerable state you stabbed her repeatedly in her neck and the jury, on that compelling evidence and clear evidence, concluded your intent to kill her.

 

“One can only imagine the ordeal that not only she suffered but your then 15-month-old son suffered.”

 

 

Following the sentence, investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Steve Rowland, said: “The victim has been detained in hospital ever since and is unable to live her life as she had done, and cannot care for her son as she used to.

 

 

“Her health has shown significant improvement recently but she still has a long road ahead to get back to normality. I hope that Gebryes’ conviction and sentence provides some comfort to the victim and I wish her well with her continued recovery.”

 

 

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