Ilford 18-year-old Raekwon Jemmison jailed for attempted murder after woman repeatedly stabbed in Needham Market
A teenager who repeatedly stabbed a woman in a Suffolk town has been jailed after being found guilty of attempted murder.
Raekwon Jemmison, 18, was sentenced today at at Ipswich Crown Court for the attempted murder of a 30-year-old woman at a property in Needham Market on October 19, 2019.
The woman was found injured in a driveway of a neighbour's home after she suffered multiple stab wounds including a collapsed lung, serious injuries to a kidney and her liver and a perforated bowel in the attack in Quinton Road.
Her injuries left her in intensive care and she is still recovering from their long term impact.
Jemmison, of Green Lane in Ilford, will spend nine years in custody and five on extended licence after a trial in which he was found guilty on February 23.
He was arrested on October 20 in the London area and charged the following day with attempted murder and possession of bladed article.
Jemmison will now have plenty of time to reflect on his violent actions in jail - Detective Inspector Stephen Clarke
The court heard how the victim met an individual called SK in Ipswich who would be setting up a drug dealing line in Needham Market and use her property as a base.
She also met another man and all three of them travelled back to Needham Market on a train.
They stayed over with her at her property before she was stabbed the following morning.
At an earlier hearing, Jemmison pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article.
Detective Inspector Stephen Clarke, of Bury St Edmunds CID, said: "This was a particularly nasty attack where the injuries have left the victim with significant long term impact which she is still recovering from.
"Jemmison will now have plenty of time to reflect on his violent actions in jail.
"This is another clear example that shows carrying a knife will only end in trouble.
"Carrying one puts yourself in much greater danger and you are likely to become a victim and get injured yourself.
"If you are found illegally in possession of a knife you will be arrested, put before the court and brought to justice.
"We are determined to take positive action to prevent offences by removing knives and offensive weapons before any harm is caused."
Detective Constable Sarah Warner, who was in charge of the investigation, praised the victim for displaying 'great courage and bravery' in giving her evidence at court.
"Reliving the attack that Jemmison subjected her to and which left her in intensive care must have been extremely difficult for her but I hope she feel a sense of closure now he has been given this custodial sentence," she said.