Belle Isle man jailed for stabbing and strangling victim for money

A Belle Isle man who stabbed and strangled a man he had befriended has been jailed for more than eight and a half years.

The Leeds District Crime Team has welcomed the sentencing of Jay Hemsley (27) from Belle Isle in Leeds who was jailed for an overall 106 months in prison at Leeds Crown Court on 6 April 2023.

Hemsley was sentenced to 106 months for Section 18 wounding, one year for fraud and one year for strangulation, with the sentences to be served alongside each other.

He had previously pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier court hearing.

The court heard that Hemsley had attended at his friend’s flat on 7 December 2022 and asked for money.

The man declined but Hemsley stayed for a time anyway. He then attacked his victim, stabbing and strangling him, while demanding cash.

The 27-year-old then took the victim’s bank card which he later attempted to use.

The serious assault was reported to the police which led to Hemsley being arrested on the same day.

Hemsley was also made subject of an indefinite restraining order at his sentencing.

DC Toby Rodgers of the Leeds District Crime Team, said:

“We welcome the sentencing of Jay Hemsley for what was a violent attack which left his victim with a number of serious facial injuries.

“Hemsley put his victim through a terrifying ordeal and on arrest displayed no remorse for the injures he caused.

“We hope this sentencing will now bring the victim some closure as he continues to recover from this ordeal.”


This post is based on a press release issued by West Yorkshire Police


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