A man who held a knife to a sex worker’s throat while robbing her has been jailed for nine years.
Solomon Abdul, 23, was arrested after he launched two separate attacks on sex workers in London, both times threatening them with a knife and demanding their money.
He met his first victim at her flat in the Isle of Dogs on April 17, and after checking no-one else was at the property, invited a second man inside.
The pair then imprisoned the woman in a corner of the flat at knifepoint and searched through through her belongings, becoming more aggressive when they couldn’t find anything.
They eventually left the premises and the victim reported it to the police a few days later, after hearing something similar had happened to other sex workers.
On May 17, Abdul then arranged to meet another sex worker at a hotel in Farnborough, and again brought a second man into the room once he had confirmed she was alone.
This time he was clearly identified as the one brandishing the knife, a spokesperson for the Met Police said.
The woman was pinned down on the bed by the second man and Abdul held a knife to her throat while demanding to know where her money was.
He then started to slowly cut her face with the knife when she refused to tell him – and told her he would cut her heart out if she did not ‘stop f***ing about’.
The victim then fought for her life and ended up with knife wounds to her chest, face and thighs.
Adbul and his accomplice left the hotel with her purse, which contained cash and bank cards.
He was eventually tracked down by detectives from the Met’s Central-East Command Unit, who discovered his phone number had been used to book numerous appointments with sex workers.
Territorial Support Group (TSG) officers forced entry into his address on May 21, and he was found trying to chew and swallow a sim card from a burner phone he had already snapped in half.
His clothing was seized and officers also found identical shoes to those worn by a man in the second offence.
Abdul, of Wells Close, south Croydon, was found guilty of two charges of aggravated burglary, possession of an offensive weapon and causing actual bodily harm at Woolwich Crown Court on February 12.
He was sentenced to nine years and two months in jail, with a minimum term of six years and four months before he will become eligible for parole.
Detective Constable Michael Beskine, of Central-East Crime Command, said: ‘Abdul carried out two increasingly violent attacks and it was extremely important that we caught him before he seriously injured, or even killed someone.
‘The victims of the violent burglaries were vulnerable women who Abdul had arranged to meet. After establishing they were alone, Abdul then allowed another man to enter the room.
‘Abdul displayed a sadistic nature in the way he tortured the last victim. Both victims have been deeply affected by their traumatic experiences.
‘They have shown extraordinary bravery in reporting these offences and co-operating with the police investigation.’