A violent robber who stabbed a defenceless man in the head at a park leaving him paralysed has been jailed for 13 years.
Jermaine McDonald, 26, of no fixed address, was sentenced for wounding with intent, robbery and attempted robbery when he appeared at Inner London Crown Court today [Friday, 1 December] and told he will serve a further five years on licence.
He was found guilty following a trial in October after the robbery in Dulwich Park on the afternoon 27 April this year.
His victim, a man in his 30s, was left with brain injuries and was put into an induced coma for weeks to aid his treatment. He is now part-paralysed.
McDonald spotted the victim with a female friend sitting in the park with their dogs as he cycled past. He then went back towards the pair before grabbing him and shouting: “Give me your phone, give me your money.”
He used a screwdriver to attack the victim during the unprovoked attack and made off with the female victim’s handbag containing money and bank cards.
Soon after, he was spotted on CCTV buying alcohol and cigarettes using the contactless card stolen in the robbery before going to visit his grandmother in Nunhead. Here he left his weapon and bloodied clothes that were later found by police.
Leonard Herman, CPS London South reviewing lawyer, said:
“This was an unprovoked attack in the middle of the day on a defenceless man.
“McDonald claimed he acted in self-defence after an altercation but the prosecution presented evidence from witnesses who described how he had been acting aggressively beforehand and had approached the victims himself.
“We were also able to highlight the strong forensic evidence in court showing the victim’s blood on McDonald’s clothing as well as on the weapon he used to inflict injury. McDonald was also caught on CCTV using a bank card belonging to the female victim to buy alcohol after the incident, showing his blasé attitude towards his actions.
“This was a violent attack by a clearly dangerous man who has left his victim with life-changing injuries. He will now serve a prison term where he will no longer be a threat to the public.”
Notes to editors
1. Jermaine McDonald DOB: 01/05/1991
2. He pleaded guilty to theft and was found guilty of wounding with intent, robbery, and attempted robbery at a five-day trial that began on 16 October. Another charge of unlawful wounding was left on file.
3. In total McDonald was sentenced to an 18-year extended sentence including 13 years imprisonment for wounding with intent. He was also sentenced to six and eight years to run concurrently for attempted robbery and robbery.
4. Leonard Herman is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS London South.