Westcliff: Man jailed for 24 years for attempted murder
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Work by specialist detectives and staff has led to a man jailed for 24 years for attempted murder in Westcliff.
Curtis Butler, 23, of Great Gregorie, Basildon, was convicted in April of stabbing a man in Valkyrie Road, Westcliff shortly after midnight on 30 October 2021.
The victim, a man in his 20s, had been walking with friends over the bridge between Station Road and Valkyrie Road when Butler, wearing a balaclava, approached him, said something to him, and stabbed him.
After he fell to the floor, Butler stabbed the victim again to his neck and body before running off towards Station Road.
One of the victim’s friends administered first aid before seeking help from nearby houses, at which point the emergency services were called.
Officers helped give first aid while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
The victim had sustained a collapsed lung and required life-saving surgery.
Through our extensive CCTV enquiries, officers from our Major Crime team were able to identify and track the defendant – 23 year-old Curtis Butler - to a block of flats in Grovesnor Road.
Enquires with residents identified witnesses who were able to provide further evidence that Butler was responsible for the attack.
Butler, of Great Gregorie, Basildon, was arrested in April 2022 and subsequently charged with attempted murder and possession of a knife or sharp pointed article in a public place.
He denied the charge but was found guilty on 17 April following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.
At the same court today (Friday 16 June) he was sentenced to 24 years in prison.