Violent Burglar gets two life sentences
String of crimes included robbery on Valetta Road
A violent burglar has today (28th June 2004) been sentenced to two life sentences in prison when he appeared before Blackfriars Crown Court.
24 year old Moussain Boujetiff, unemployed and of no fixed abode, had previously pleaded guilty to the offences which included a burglary last year on Valetta Road.
Boujetiff was arrested on 10th December 2003, in Shepherds Bush Road, following extensive enquiries by detectives from Paddington and Notting Hill CID. He broke into homes in affluent parts of London by gaining entry through the letterbox. He did this by using an implement that he would manipulate in order to hook keys through the letterbox and then unlock the front door.
On 8th May 2003 two women were getting into their car in the car park of Holmes Place in Notting Hill. Boujetiff forced his way into the car as one of the women was strapping her baby into a car seat.
He threatened both the women and the baby with a knife and forced them to drive around the area for approximately one and half hours. Eventually, he forced one of the women to take out cash from a nearby cash point. He got out of the car near Latimer Road tube station, taking with him their cash, jewellery and a mobile telephone.
On Friday 28th November 2003 at approximately 0155 Boujetiff broke into a house in Royal Crescent, W11. The home owner and his wife were woken as they lay in bed, by Boujetiff who was holding a knife and intimated he had a gun hidden under a towel. He threatened to shoot the couple and demanded they give him cash and jewellery.
After the couple had told Boujetiff where their cash and jewellery was he threatened to tie them up. At this point the man feared for the safety of his wife and so tried to wrestle Boujetiff to the ground. During the struggle he was stabbed in the abdomen causing a ten-inch wound, which was a life threatening injury. His wife attempted to intervene and suffered stab wounds to the chest and arms.
DI Simon Laurence, from Paddington CID, said: "Boujetiff's behaviour became progressively worse to the point where he became extremely violent. I believe that he is responsible for a number of burglaries in the area, and his arrest and conviction should act as a warning to other criminals intent on causing fear and distress to their victims that we will pursue and arrest them.”
DC Driss Hayoukane, from Notting Hill Burglary Focus Unit, said: “This man is a prolific and violent criminal, committing these offences to support his substantial crack cocaine addiction. There is no doubt in my mind that had he not been caught he would still be offending and would represent a very real danger to the public. I hope that today’s sentence goes some way to help his victim’s recover from his violent and frightening crimes.”
At sentencing today the Judge commended the actions of a local Notting Hill officer who administered first aid to the male victim who was stabbed on 28/11/03 at the address in Royal Terrace, W11.
A further 17 cases of burglary were taken into consideration at court.
June 28, 2004