Detective slams jailed robber a ‘coward’ for stabbing woman in handbag snatch at Millwall

Jailed for robbery... Abdul Kalam

Jailed for robbery... Abdul Kalam - Credit: MPS

A man slammed by a Met Police detective as a coward for stabbing a woman while snatching her handbag in a street robbery has been jailed for eight years.

Abdul Kalam, 41, was sentenced today after being found guilty at his trial yesterday of robbery and handed a tough sentence which police have welcomed as he “no longer walks the streets” of London’s East End.

Kalam ambushed the 26-year-old woman walking through an alley in Millwall, between Ironmongers Place and Spindrift Avenue, telling her: “You need to give me your bag.”

She ignored him and bravely held on to her handbag. But Kalam pushed her to the ground and dragged her along the alley before stabbing her wrist, then picked-up the bag and ran off, Snaresbrook crown court heard.

An ambulance called to the scene treated the woman for a deep laceration to her wrist and hand before taking her to the Royal London Hospital at Whitechapel.

Detectives arrested Kalam on suspicion of robbery in October, 2014, at his Isle of Dogs home in Westferry Road—less than half-a-mile from the attack. They charged him with robbery the following month.

“Kalam committed a cowardly and unprovoked attack which has had long term consequences for the woman,” Det Con Abi Mallett said after today’s sentencing.

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“She has displayed courage throughout this horrible assault and showed determination in bringing this man to justice.

“The public are undoubtedly safer now that this man is no longer walking the streets—the lengthy jail sentence Kalam has received is a just reflection of this.”

The woman Kalam stabbed has not recovered full function of her hand, even two years after her ordeal.