A man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted murder

A man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted murder.

Viorel Radoi, 43, of The Fairway, Wembley, was sentenced to 26 years and three months imprisonment at Harrow Crown Court on Friday, 14 September.

Radoi previously pleaded guilty to attempted murder at the same court on Wednesday, 11 July following an incident that took place in April.

Police were called at 3.42pmon Friday, 20 April, to reports of a woman injured at a hotel at Portman Square, W1.

At the scene, a 24-year-old woman who worked at the venue was found suffering from knife wounds.

The court heard how the victim, a maid at the hotel, was in the basement sorting laundry when the defendant, who also worked at the hotel, entered and stabbed her multiple times before fleeing.

The victim managed to use the internal phone line to call colleagues to her aid.

Emergency services were called, and the victim was taken to a central London hospital by London Ambulance Service where she underwent surgery for her injuries that were deemed not to be life-threatening.

Despite extensive enquiries, police were unable to trace Radoi after he had fled the scene.

He presented himself at an east London police station on Monday, 23 April, where he was charged with attempted murder and remanded in custody.

Detective Constable David Lend of Westminster police said: “Thankfully the victim’s injuries did not take her life, although there is sufficient evidence to suggest that Radoi’s intention was to do just that.

“I hope the sentence handed down affords the victim a sense of justice having been done and a measure of closure.”