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57-year-old ties up, gags and stabs neighbour in Stonecot Hill
A 57-year-old man tied up, gagged and stabbed his neighbour before stealing £15.
Man Fai Lancaster Li has been convicted of GBH with intent after he taped his neighbours arms and legs, pushed him onto a bed and stabbed him three times on Saturday, June 15.
Li stuffed a sock into the 37-year-old man’s mouth and secured it with thick tape in a flat above the Emperor Chinese Restaurant in Stonecot Hill.
He demanded £200 and stabbed the victim in the neck and back and told him to call his brother to see if he had any money. Li stole just £15 in cash and helped himself to food.
The victim fought back and managed to grab the knife blade causing it to bend and snap. He managed to break free, overpower his attacker and get help.
Police were called by a member of the restaurant staff just before 12am and police arrived to find Li being kept in the room by a restaurant worker wielding a baseball bat.
Li told officers: “I have robbed him. He wouldn’t give me my stuff so I stabbed him.”
The victim told police he had returned home to his bedsit from work and was preparing to go out when he was attacked by Li.
He suffered a puncture wound to his neck, two stab wounds to his upper and middle back and multiple cuts and scratches to his body.
On Monday, December 23, Li, of Stonecot Hill, was found guilty of GBH with intent after, previously pleading guilty to false imprisonment and robbery, at Croydon Crown Court.
Li was remanded in custody to be sentenced on February 21, 2014.